[Kentucky] Senator will introduce bill in 2021 to increase hourly minimum wage to $15

[Kentucky] Senator will introduce bill in 2021 to increase hourly minimum wage to $15
19 Nov 2020

Legislation to increase the minimum wage for workers in Kentucky is being prepared for the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly. The proposal - from Senator Reginald Thomas, Democrat-Lexington - would raise the minimum wage through staggered increases over the next five years, ultimately bringing it to $15 an hour by 2026. Another provision would allow individual cities to enact their own minimum wage laws, Northern Kentucky Tribune reports.

The current hourly minimum wage in Kentucky has remained at $7.25 since 2008.

“Right now, times are hard,” Senator Thomas said. “The global pandemic has brought to light many of the struggles working Kentuckians deal with every day. As the market rebounds and people return to work, they need a wage that is liveable to support themselves and their families.”

The senator also reportedly made note of the U.S. House of Representatives’ proposal in 2019 to raise the minimum wage to $15 nationwide over the next six years. He pointed out that Arkansas enacted legislation to gradually increase the minimum wage in that state to $12 last year.

“If Arkansas can do it, it is time for Kentucky to raise its minimum wage,” Senator Thomas said. “If we want to attract and retain workers here in Kentucky, we must pay a fair wage.”

The proposed measure would also increase tip wages over the next four years for servers and food industry workers. The tip wages would increase to $3.25 in 2022, $4.15 in 2023 and $5 in 2024.

The senator said that his legislation will be filed before the General Assembly convenes for the 2021 Regular Session on January 5. Similar bills sponsored by Senator Thomas over the past three years have not made it out of committee.

Source: Northern Kentucky Tribune

Legislation to increase the minimum wage for workers in Kentucky is being prepared for the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly. The proposal - from Senator Reginald Thomas, Democrat-Lexington - would raise the minimum wage through staggered increases over the next five years, ultimately bringing it to $15 an hour by 2026. Another provision would allow individual cities to enact their own minimum wage laws, Northern Kentucky Tribune reports.

The current hourly minimum wage in Kentucky has remained at $7.25 since 2008.

“Right now, times are hard,” Senator Thomas said. “The global pandemic has brought to light many of the struggles working Kentuckians deal with every day. As the market rebounds and people return to work, they need a wage that is liveable to support themselves and their families.”

The senator also reportedly made note of the U.S. House of Representatives’ proposal in 2019 to raise the minimum wage to $15 nationwide over the next six years. He pointed out that Arkansas enacted legislation to gradually increase the minimum wage in that state to $12 last year.

“If Arkansas can do it, it is time for Kentucky to raise its minimum wage,” Senator Thomas said. “If we want to attract and retain workers here in Kentucky, we must pay a fair wage.”

The proposed measure would also increase tip wages over the next four years for servers and food industry workers. The tip wages would increase to $3.25 in 2022, $4.15 in 2023 and $5 in 2024.

The senator said that his legislation will be filed before the General Assembly convenes for the 2021 Regular Session on January 5. Similar bills sponsored by Senator Thomas over the past three years have not made it out of committee.

Source: Northern Kentucky Tribune

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