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UPDATE: Ky. Senate Action on Minimum Wage Possible

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/7/14
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says there's a "real possibility" the Senate will pass some form of a minimum wage bill.

Stivers said Friday that senators are working on the bill that passed the House a month ago.

The House-passed version would gradually raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour in July 2016.

The bill is a top priority of House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

Stivers anticipates the Senate will make changes to the bill.

Stumbo signaled a willingness to possibly compromise as long as it brings some relief to minimum-wage workers.

The House-passed measure calls for 95-cent increases in three phases until the minimum wage would reach $10.10. The House amended the bill to exempt businesses with annual gross receipts of under $500,000.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/7/14
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has passed a bill to raise the state's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.

Under the bill, the minimum wage would gradually increase from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour by July 2016.

There would be 95-cent increases in three phases.

The bill cleared the House on a 54-44 vote after a three-hour debate Thursday.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his bill would help an estimated 400,000 workers. He says they are entitled to living wages that let them buy life's necessities.

Opponents said the higher wage would force some employers to cut jobs. They said it would add costs for school districts and local governments to pay low-wage employees.

The bill now goes to the Senate.


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