Minimum Wage Rate Increases

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A raise across the board in Kentucky for minimum wage workers.

That raise is the first of it's kind in ten years.

We talked to one woman that says she's afraid the minimum wage increase is just adding another burden to her small business.

Many WYMT talked to say it's about time the minimum wage goes up.

You have to go back to 1997 to find the last minimum wage increase in Kentucky.

Johnna Senters says she already makes a little more than minimum wage, but she realizes what this means for her friends who've been stuck at $5.15 an hour.

“They look forward to a dime raise so this is going to help them out quite a bit,” Senters said.

Right now it's going up seventy cents from 5.15 an hour to 5.85 an hour.

Next July 1st it will increase to 6.55 an hour and then to 7.25 an hour in July of 2009.

It's worrying Tammy Creech, who's trying to get her Middlesboro ice cream shop off the ground.

She says with milk and ice cream prices soaring in recent weeks and something has to give.

Others who already make more than minimum wage hope this will mean their pay will be boosted too.

State officials say the minimum wage increase simply puts Kentucky in compliance with the federal minimum wage, which is about to change.

State officials are urging all employees affected to check their pay stubs to make sure their employer has kicked in the increase.


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  • by Not for me Location: Irvine on Jun 27, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    I know everything has been rising in price but now that minimum wage has gone up so will the price of everything eles again and everything is already to high. I mean yes it will look good on may pay check but then you go to the store and it is gone. If milk, trash bags, paper towels and food among other things will stay at the prices there are now and the wages keep going up it will be wonderful.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 27, 2007 at 01:59 PM
    This is a very good thing and I am glad to see it. It is ridiculous to expect people to live this day in time off of $5.15 an hour. Now let's talk about cost of living raises which I have yet to see in 10 years of working.
  • by brenda Location: corbin on Jun 27, 2007 at 06:58 AM
    with the raise ill only have to work 2 hours to buy my gas to work and home.and by winter only 1 hour to get a gallon of milk.
  • by Jay Location: Whitesburg on Jun 27, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    I think it is a good thing. I just hope the government agencies that are designed to help the poor will adjust their levels to qualify for assistance as well. Small businesses will be hit the hardest.

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