The state House voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over the course of three years Thursday, but the legislation is a long way from becoming law.
Appearing on the Legislative Update program this week, 9th District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke opposed the bill and pointed out that many local government and school system positions don’t currently pay an hourly wage of $10.10 and the increase could translate into tax increases from those entities.
Eighth District State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville voted in favor of the legislation. He says it would translate into fairer pay equity for women and would help single mothers trying to make better lives for themselves by working.
The bill is now in the hands of the Senate and 3rd District State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville says he’s concerned some low wage earners might lose their employment all together to pay for a higher minimum wage.
First District Senator Stan Humphries says he’s been hearing from small business owners asking him to oppose the bill.
You can hear a lengthy discussion on the minimum wage bill, Governor Steve Beshear’s tax reform proposals and the statewide Imagination Library concept on the Legislative Update program Sunday morning at 9 on Lite 98.7 and online at lite987whop.com.