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House Speaker Wants Kentucky's Minimum Wage Raised to $10.10 Per Hour

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday that the Democratic caucus will push for an increase in the state's minimum wage over a three-year period from $7.25 per hour to $10.10.

His proposal, House Bill 1, would mirror a bill currently before Congress. The Lexington Herald-Leader's Sam Youngman reports:

Raising the minimum wage is among a handful of issues that likely Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has begun pushing, and it polls consistently well across the commonwealth.

Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, laughed off the suggestion that the legislation might be partially designed to help buoy Grimes.

“I wouldn’t speculate on that,” Stumbo said.

The Kentucky General Assembly convenes for its 60-day session on Tuesday. The Associated Press reports:

Stumbo says Kentucky's minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009, and that inflation has eroded low-wage pay since then. He says the minimum wage doesn't provide a living wage.

He says the proposal is part of an effort by Democrats to improve conditions for working families.

In addition to Grimes, the city manager and mayor of Newport recently came out in favor of discussing a potential increase in the minimum wage.

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