Politicians take action to raise minimum wage in KY

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A state senator from Lexington and a representative from Louisa want to raise the minimum wage for workers in Kentucky.

Senator Reggie Thomas and Representative Kathy Hinkle filed two bills that aims to raise the minimum wage over the next seven years. The minimum wage would go up to $15 an hour by 2027. The bills would allow cities to make their own minimum wage.

The minimum wage in Kentucky has been at $7.25 since 2008.

“We have witnessed record economic growth and job availability, yet workers’ wages have remained stagnant for over a decade,” noted Sen. Thomas. “We need to ensure that everyone has a livable, dignified wage to provide for their family.”

“Hard-working Kentuckians deserve a stronger minimum wage – one that can be a living wage,” said Rep. Hinkle. “It has been over a decade since the last statewide increase, and inflation has taken a big bite out of these paychecks since then.”

Senator Thomas says the United States House of Representatives recently passed a proposal to raise the minimum wage $15 nationwide over the next six years. He also mentioned Arkansas moved the minimum wage up to $12.

Both of the bills will be heard when the General Assembly meets for the regular legislative session in January 2020.

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