Kentucky Minimum Wage Raises Tuesday

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Kentucky's minimum wage increases to $6.55 an hour Tuesday, and state officials say the change will give a pay boost to an estimated 68,000 of the state's lowest-paid workers, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

The new rate, an increase of nearly 12 percent, will mean a bigger paycheck for seasonal employees, workers at fast-food restaurants, day-care centers and shopping malls, reports the C-J.

Even those making a little more than the current minimum could benefit as local business owners aim to stay competitive and inch pay higher. But the modest pay bumps probably won't do much for families scraping by at the low end of the wage scale, economists and advocates for the working poor told the newspaper.

Jennifer Belew of Shively earns $7.75 an hour at a catering company. The 23-year-old single mother spends five hours a day riding buses around town, dropping her two children at day care and getting to and from work. Extra money would help offset a Transit Authority of River City fare increase, which also takes effect Tuesday, the newspaper reports.

"That's just catching up with everything else," Belew said of the new minimum wage. "Everything's going up."

Although some employees will see a small benefit from the higher rate, James Ziliak, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research in Lexington, predicted that most struggling workers won't be lifted out of poverty, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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  • by Michael Location: Jackson, Ky on Oct 29, 2008 at 04:06 PM
    Working a minimum wage job, if your lucky you will cler 200-220 per week. With gas and eats taken out your down to about 125 according how far you travel. Thats not counting day care. And multi billion dollar industries are crying for tax breaks. When their profits have trippled. If they want a tax break let them do something to help people then they may deserve a little break. Come on, the buck stops with the little guy!!!!
  • by To Robn in Letcher County on Jul 9, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    You know that the people who are poor in America are considered rich in other countries? Americans are lazy, selfish brats. That's what wrong with America today.
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Jul 2, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    Robn in Letcher County. This was a STATE-mandated wage increase. And by the way, if half the frauds on SSI and food stamps would actually go to work instead of complaining that they can't work when they really can, we'd have a lot more money for those that really need it. I'm not saying EVERYONE on food stamps or SSI is a fraud, I'm talking about just the ones who don't really need it. Can't tell you how many times I've seen someone get out of a Hummer or a Caddy and go inside and pay for their groceries with food stamps. THAT'S ridiculous.
  • by robn Location: letcher county on Jul 2, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    wow what a increase, my god man, this is a big joke. lets elect bush again so every one in the country can draw food stamps. wait a minute lets just do away with food stamps and let every body in america starve. that way the bush administration can bring the iranians over here to live. what a joke, this country has gone to h*** in a handbag.
  • by viewer on Jul 1, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    we would not need a min wage if the greedy money grubing owners of work places would pay a living wage this little min wage is not a living with gas so high it is not even surviving
  • by Kolbee Location: Lexington on Jun 30, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    State Police will not save gas setting and letting their cars run with cthe A/C on. We know that will happen. The road blocks will not save gas in the long run but will only and to gas use. Kolbee
  • by M Location: Lex on Jun 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    If I was a kid in high school, I would almost be happy. That can buy about a gallon and a half of gas....what a shame. What is the national min. wage average?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    Will this mean my double cheeseburger for McDonalds will no longer be one dollar!?!?! That's a hefty trade off, not getting a delicious double cheeseburger for one dollar compared to helping the poor.
  • by Leon on Jun 30, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    With the price increase of everything else in the world Milk, Eggs, Gas, and Kroger Brand cheese popcorn. I don't at all blame people for the temptation of stealing here and there when they can, i say go for it. Mark my words or Read my lips as soon as the minimum wage goes up so will everything else on the planet. Come on a buck-forty for a 20 ounce pop in a vending machine and 85 cents for a candy bar, give me a break. The surge in catalytic converter thefts will quadruple, Watch under your car's. BE AWARE!
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jun 30, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    All this raise will do is put these workers in a higher tax bracket. At most these people might make a few dollars extra at the end of the day. Few if any of these workers can afford health care or the gas to go to and from work.
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