House Bill 1 to Increase Kentucky’s Minimum Wage to $10.10 Has Won Committee Approval, Long Road Ahead in the Senate
House Speaker Greg Stumbo won committee approval today of his bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. This would reportedly affect the wages of 391,000 Kentuckians who currently make less than $10.10 an hour. House Bill 1 proposes to implement this change over three years, and the bill would not apply to any business with annual gross sales of $190,000 or less. Although the bill is expected to pass the full house vote, its chances in the Republican-controlled Senate are unclear, at best. Kentucky last raised the minimum wage on July 1, 2009, which increase has been eroded by cost of living inflation.