minimum wage

4:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer: Minimum Wage 'Has Not Been a Big Topic’ in Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville
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Mayor Greg Fischer is supportive of a gradual increase to the minimum wage, but the Louisville Democrat said today that it hasn't been a major issue locally.

"Obviously there hasn't been any significant increase in decades in that, but frankly it has not been a big topic of conversation in our city," said Fischer. "I would be supportive, however, if it was."

Fischer, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, made the comments during an interview with NPR's Here & Now.

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5:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement

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An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition. 

Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, will increase the hourly pay of the city's approximately 5,500 full-time employees to $10.10.

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2:43 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Council Democrats Support Louisville Minimum Wage Hike

A majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats are in support of raising the pay of local workers as other cities begin to take the lead on the issue.

Raising the hourly wage has been a heated debate across Kentucky's political landscape, including the U.S. Senate race between likely Democratic nominee Alison Ludergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

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4:09 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Matt Bevin Questions Constitutionality of Minimum Wage

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
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Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin says the federal government has no role in setting a minimum wage, which he suggests violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Tea Party-backed candidate made the comments during a campaign stop in western Kentucky this week.

"I don't see anywhere that it has been constitutionally-defined," Bevin told Think Progress when asked if it was unconstitutional.

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4:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Mitch McConnell-Led Filibuster Halts Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

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Senate Republicans successfully blocked a key Democratic proposal on Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., all but one GOP senator voted to sustain a filibuster against the measure, which failed to reached the needed 60-vote threshold.

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8:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Hurts 'Minorities and Youth' Job Chances, Rand Paul Says

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
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Speaking in west Louisville this week, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned that a hike to the minimum wage would hurt job opportunities for racial minorities and younger workers.

Paul made the comments at a roundtable discussion with community and business leaders that his office organized to field questions about his Economic Freedom Zones proposal.

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11:23 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles

A supporter of the minimum wage hike at Louisville City Hall
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As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.

Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.

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2:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bus Tour Backing Minimum Wage Hike to Visit Louisville

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A national effort supporting an increase to the minimum wage is coming through Louisville this week.

The multi-state "Raise the Wage" bus tour is meant to pressure members of Congress to support a bill raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Raising the rate is a key issue for Democrats such as U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose campaign confirmed with WFPL that she plans to join the tour in Louisville.

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4:07 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for Minimum Wage Hike

In a House floor speech Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky called for an increase to the federal minimum wage.

A hike to hourly wages has been a popular issue for Democrats in 2014, and has been a clear contrast in the U.S. Senate race.

The congressman is co-sponsoring the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour incrementally over three years.

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8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway


Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.

Last month, Scott asked for a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area. The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.

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