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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