Lexington leaders listen to minimum wage raise commentary

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- There’s news about potential increases in the minimum wage at both the state and local levels. A public meeting drew colorful commentary in Lexington while hours before, Kentucky’s governor made a big announcement.

Before the 5 PM start time, a full house in the LFUCG chambers; silent for a short time, signs held at bay, waiting to speak about minimum wage.

In Lexington and Fayette County the idea is to raise that wage to $10.10 an hour. When comments started, they were saturated with pro’s, con’s and examples with some stats to boot.

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"On top of the hourly wage, the employer is required to pay 6.2% social security, 1.45% medicare, workers comp between 2 and 20% depending on the job classification," says one speaker.

Meanwhile downtown, Luke Sheffield made pizzas at Goodfella’s.

"If my wages were to increase, I’d assume I’d have a lot more freedoms to do you know, more family activities," says Sheffield.



$10.10 sounds good to him, considering he works 30 hours a week and has mouths at home to feed.

"Live more comfortable, you know, instead of stretching paycheck to paycheck," he says.

Hours before Lexington’s public meeting, Kentucky’s governor, Steve Beshear announced another increase. Around 800 state employees will make what minimum wage workers in Lexington hope their elected officials vote through.