Minimum Wage Bill Clears Final Hurdle

The state's lowest paid workers will get a pay raise under a bill signed into law by Governor Ernie Fletcher on Thursday.

House and Senate lawmakers had approved the measure to increase
the minimum wage earlier this month. Advocates say the measure will
benefit more than 100,000 workers in Kentucky.

The measure would increase the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour
to $5.85 when the law takes effect three months after lawmakers
adjourn, which is scheduled for next week.

In July 2008, it would increase to $6.55 an hour, and on July 1, 2009, it would rise to $7.25 an hour.

Kentucky's move to raise its minimum wage comes as Congress is
pondering a similar move.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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