Kentucky Minimum Wage Earners To Receive Pay Hike

Working at Arby's is the source of Ryan Smith's bread and butter.

“This is my life,” says Smith. He’s been working at the north Somerset Arby’s for just over a year.

Yet the front line worker is only making $5.85 an hour. With a wife and two kids to support..that doesn't go far.

“Well, now we live paycheck to paycheck. And this will help us out a lot,” says Smith.

Smith is among the 68,000 Kentuckians that will benefit from the 70 cent minimum wage increase on Tuesday.
He figures that going from $5.85 to $6.55 an hour will mean a lot to his kids.

“You can take them to the waterpark that we have now here in Somerset. You can take them to do just about anything.”

Fast food mangers say the payroll increase won't impact the cost of their products that much. They're more concerned about what the cost of gas is doing to those prices.

In fact, the owner of the Somerset Burger King restaurants says customers will notice a slight increase in prices this weekend. And some workers say even if they make more....prices will have to increase to make up for that.

“They're giving us a raise, but then stuff is going to go up even more. We're just going to have to keep going up and up and up. Even if you make $50 an hour, you're not going to make enough money,” says Arby’s worker Rance Martin.

And even Smith admits...while the raise is welcomed with open arms....it won't be enough to lift his family out of their current economic state.


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  • by viewer on Jul 3, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    we may have had 1980 wages but with all the way things are going we have gone backward of 1980 and on 1930 wages with prices so high and they will go up more because the greedy bussines owners will not aborbe the cost of the raise but will pass it on to the consumer and we go back some more
  • by Lele Location: Richmond on Jul 1, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    I still think mininum wage should be more than $6.55 an hr. Mininum wage should start out at least $10.00 !!!!!
  • by John Location: Breathitt County on Jul 1, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    Three years ago I was laid off making $7 a hour Last year I came back at $6 a hour and was told money was tight. about 6 months ago I got a raise to 6.50...I guess I will see another raise today
  • by Hope Location: Knox Co. on Jun 30, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    All pay should go up 70 cents an hour. It isn't fair to the the fast food worker that has worked for months or even years for a current pay of 6.70 and hour that won't have their wage increase tomorrow; especially, when a new guy can walk in an earn only 15 cents less than him. Furthermore, the little mom & pop businesses are the ones that also suffer. Most are barely making it, so now the extra help has to be let go or have their hours cut back--just when mom and pop thought could almost let their feet rest. Is this really so wonderful? Maybe for only a few. At least the one earning 6.70 will have a better chance for welfare since it will probably alter the income limits to compensate those earning minimum wage.
  • by Kolbee Location: Lexington on Jun 30, 2008 at 04:35 PM
    It's about time!! The people of this country has been working foe 1980 wages for to long.

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