House Panel OKs Bill Raising State Minimum Wage

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's lowest-wage workers would get a
pay raise under a bill approved by a House panel today.

The version that cleared the Labor and Industry Committee would raise the minimum wage. But the vote was stripped of some provisions backed by labor advocates.

Under the revised bill, Kentucky's minimum wage would increase from $5.15 an hour to $5.85.

The minimum wage would go to $6.55 an hour beginning in July of 2008, and to $7.25 an hour the next year.

Kentucky's minimum wage has been at $5.15 an hour since 1997.

Labor activists preferred the original proposal, which would have immediately raised Kentucky's minimum wage to $7 an hour.

The legislation is House Bill 305.

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