Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage.
House Bill 1 would raise the rate from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.
The increase is needed to keep wages in line with inflation, and would help struggling working-class families across the state, Stumbo says.
“There needs to be something done to help level the playing field for people who work for minimum wage,” say Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonsburg. “It needs to be raised, it’s not been raised since 2009, it’s been eroded obviously by inflation and cost-of-living, so, you’re gonna hear us talk about issues that deal with real , live, working Kentucky families, and try to make their lives easier and better.”
Republican Senate President Robert Stivers has indicated he would not support the plan.
The bill will also incorporate language from state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat from Louisville. It would create pay equity between men and women. Currently, women in Kentucky earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.