Lawmaker pre-files bill to raise minimum wage in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) -- State Senator Reginald Thomas, a Democrat from Lexington, has pre-filed a bill that would eventually raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour.

BR 302 would amend KRS 337.275 to raise the minimum wage each year until 2026, when the hourly wage would reach $15.

The bill proposes the following yearly increases to hourly wages:

July 1, 2019 - $8.20
July 1, 2020 - $9.15
July 1, 2021 - $10.10
July 1, 2022 - $11.00
July 1, 2023 - $12.05
July 1, 2024 - $13.10
July 1, 2025 - $13.95
July 1, 2026 - $15.00

The bill would also raise the minimum wage for tipped employees to $4.90 per hour by July 1, 2022.

Language included in BR 302 would allow local governments to set minimum wages higher than the state minimum wage.

You can read the official pre-filed bill below. (If viewing on a mobile app, click on the link to read in a web browser.)



 
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