Group asks court to delay Louisville’s minimum wage increase

Minimum Wage

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals is considering whether it should block a scheduled increase in the minimum wage for Kentucky’s largest city while a group of restaurant owners appeals a lower court’s decision upholding the increase.

Monday, a state circuit court judge upheld the Louisville Metro Council’s decision to increase the minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2017, beginning with an increase of 50 cents to $7.75 per hour on Wednesday. But the Kentucky Restaurant Association wants the Court of Appeals to overturn that decision. Tuesday, the association asked the court to delay the minimum wage increase while it considers the appeal.

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Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell argued the association should have sought a delay much earlier. He said the association has known about the July 1 start date for the new minimum wage for six months.