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WAVE 3 Editorial - February 4, 2014: Raising minimum wage

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The speed of change surges faster each day in all facets of our life.

Not so for those making the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That hasn't changed in five years in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

It may soon, as the Kentucky legislature plans to vote on raising the minimum wage 95 cents an hour July 1 of this year, an additional 95 cents an hour July 1 of next year and topping out at $10.10 an hour on July 1, 2016. 

We encourage them to do so and applaud the University of Louisville for already raising their minimum wage to $10 an hour three months ago.      

Kentucky would join 21 other states that have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage.

Last month, Ohio raised the minimum wage to $7.95 an hour and Missouri raised it to $7.50 an hour. Neighbor Illinois has a minimum wage of $8.25 an hour.

We encourage Indiana's legislature to also give strong consideration to increasing the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour.

If the Kentucky legislature approves the increase, more than 600,000 Kentuckians would benefit over the next three years.

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