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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Applauds UofL for Plan to Raise Minimum Wage

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is applauding the University of Louisville for raising the salaries of hundreds of employees, which will go up to $11 per hour over the next three years.

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Politics
7:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes Joust Over CBO Report on Minimum Wage Hike

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell
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Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are both highlighting parts of the Congressional Budget Office report regarding the effects of a minimum wage increase.

Congress' non-partisan budget analyst released estimates on Tuesday showing a federal minimum wage hike of $10.10 would results in higher earnings for 16.5 million Americans.

Democrats points out the report finds such a proposal lifts nearly 1 million Americans out of poverty.

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Politics
5:51 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Councilwoman Attica Scott Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage in Metro Louisville

Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1,
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Democratic Councilwoman Attica Scott is seeking a legal opinion on whether city lawmakers can raise the minimum wage for all workers in Louisville Metro.

Scott is hoping to file an ordinance in the coming weeks that would mirror legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly. It would increase the hourly pay for employees to $10.10 per hour over the next three years.

"We are unsure at this point if we have the legislative authority to do that," she says.

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Politics
6:56 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Kentucky House OKs Minimum Wage Increase to $10.10; Bill Heads to Senate

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FRANKFORT — When a bill as contentious as this comes through a legislative body two things can be expected: a party-line vote and fiery speeches.

After more than two-and-a-half hours of debate, the Kentucky House passed a bill Thursday afternoon that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

The issue drew impassioned speeches from supporting lawmakers.

The debate’s most incendiary comments came from state Rep. Jim Wayne, a Louisville Democrat.

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Politics
10:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bumping Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Help Kentucky Workers, Reduce Child Poverty

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Raising Kentucky's minimum wage would reduce child poverty and help about a quarter of the state's workers, said a brief released Wednesday by an economic think tank.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy say a $10.10 per hour minimum wage would lead to a boost in consumer spending.

That, they say, would spur job creation and allow low-income families to make ends meet.

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Politics
11:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth

Robert Stivers
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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear gave his seventh State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and leaders from both General Assembly chambers—and both parties—had quick reaction.

Senate President Robert Stivers voiced opposition to the governor's support of a statewide smoking ban, saying that although he does not smoke, he supports an individual's choice to do so.

Related: State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy

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Politics
9:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The session starts Tuesday.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Let's Make the Minimum Wage $10.10

Greg Stumbo
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

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.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

U.S. Labor Secretary Visit Highlights Louisville's Challenges

U.S. Secretary Thomas Perez listens to stories from low-wage workers and small business owners.

Stories from low-wage workers were shared with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Wednesday and many said they support raising the federal minimum wage, but that there also needs to be a more comprehensive plan to truly improve inequity. 

Also sharing in the conversation were small business owners who agreed that the federal minimum wage should be raised, although Perez noted some do believe raising the wage would be a hindrance on operations.

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