House Votes To Increase Kentucky's Minimum Wage

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - People who work in minimum wage jobs would receive pay raises under legislation that passed the House today.

Kentucky's minimum wage would increase from $5.15 an hour to $5.85 at the time the legislation took effect under the bill. The minimum wage would go $6.55 an hour beginning July 1st, 2008 and to $7.25 an
hour the following July 1st.

The measure, which passed the House on an 89 to 10 vote, now goes to the Senate where similar measures have died in previous legislative sessions.

Bill's sponsor J.R. Gray says Kentucky has too many residents who
are unable to afford the basic necessities of life.

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

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