Minimum Wage Workers May Get A Raise

Kentucky's lowest paid workers would get a pay raise under a measure that has cleared the General Assembly on Monday and now goes to Gov. Ernie Fletcher for consideration.

Fletcher has not said whether he will sign the measure into law.

"We will reserve comment on that until the governor and general
counsel have reviewed it," Fletcher spokeswoman Jodi Whitaker said

The measure was approved 93-5 in the House on Monday. The Senate
had passed the measure on a 33-1 vote last week.

Currently, the minimum wage in Kentucky is $5.15 an hour. Under the proposal, it would increase to $5.85 when the legislation takes effect, which would be three months after lawmakers adjourn, $6.55 an hour in July 2008 and $7.25 an hour July 1, 2009.

Bill Londrigan, head of the Kentucky AFL-CIO, said if Fletcher signs the measure Kentucky's 100,000 minimum wage workers would get their first raise in more than a decade.

The measure's approval comes after the House concurred with a
technical change made in the Senate.

Kentucky's plan to raise its minimum wage comes as federal lawmakers in Congress are pondering a similar move.

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