Lexington council votes to increase minimum wage over next three years

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted to increase minimum wage at Thursday night's meeting.

The proposal will increase the minimum wage incrementally to $10.10 over the next three years.

Council members voted on the ordinance, more than three hours after the meeting started.

Before the vote, nearly 30 people, plus council members, spoke both for and against the increase.

Major Jim Gray says he will sign the ordinance.

"While a local ordinance is not ideal, there simply is no hope in the foreseeable future that Congress will do its job on this important issue, Gray said."

The Kentucky Supreme Court will have to decide whether cities have the authority to set their own minimum wage.

Louisville's council voted to raise the minimum wage there in 2014.

The Lexington ordinance calls for the minimum wage to be increased in increments.

The wage would go up to $8.20 an hour on July 1, 2016.

It would then go up to $9.15 an hour on July 1, 2017, and finally to $10.10 an hour on July 1, 2018.

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