Beginning July 1, state government executive branch workers will earn at least $10.10/hour; tipped workers will earn $4.90/hr #minimumwagehyphen; Steve Beshear (@GovSteveBeshear) June 8, 2015
Governor Steve Beshear revealed the wage hike on Monday, Time reported. Other changes to wages include an increase in the pay floor of tipped workers – like waiters and waitresses – from $2.19 per hour to $4.90.
When people work hard at a full-time job, they should have enough money to live on. Right now, they don’t & that’s unacceptable #minimumwagehyphen; Steve Beshear (@GovSteveBeshear) June 8, 2015
The wage boost will affect nearly 800 state workers, one-third of which work in state nursing homes for military veterans, Governor Beshear said. Taxpayers will foot the $1.6 million increase that goes into effect on 1 July.
Kentucky’s private-sector minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour, though Mr Beshear has advocated for raising that wage.
A minimum wage increase has gained momentum recently in the US after workers have staged protests and walk-outs, and some cities – including Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles – have hiked their wages to $15 per hour.
The 2016 presidential race could feature some debate on raising the federal minimum wage, as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said she supports a $15 minimum wage.
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