Louisville’s minimum wage hike survives first court test

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s minimum wage increase has survived its first court challenge just days before the first new wages are scheduled to begin.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman dismissed arguments on Monday from the Kentucky Restaurant Association that the increase violated state law. The judge said it is normal for counties to have different laws, citing different standards for smoking and alcohol and fireworks sales that vary by county.

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The Louisville Metro Council voted last year to gradually increase the county’s minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2017. The first increase is scheduled to begin Wednesday at $7.75 per hour. The current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

The Kentucky Restaurant Association could appeal the decision. A call to the association’s attorney was not immediately returned.


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