Kentucky boosts minimum wage to more than $10 per hour for state employees

Wage hike comes amid national movement for $15 an hour

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The Independent US

Kentucky will soon raise the minimum wage for state employees to $10.10 per hour, up from from $7.25. The move comes as groups are calling for a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour.

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.

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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