Thursday, January 28, 2016

House panel advances bill to raise Ky. minimum wage

(AP) — A bill to gradually raise Kentucky's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour has cleared a House committee, but it drew opposition from Republicans and business interests.

Under the bill, the state's $7.25-per-hour minimum wage would rise in three steps, each time by less than a dollar a year, until reaching $10.10 an hour in 2018.

The measure cleared the House Labor and Industry Committee Thursday.

The bill's leading proponent is House Speaker Greg Stumbo. He says the majority of minimum-wage workers are women, many with children.

Business groups say a higher minimum wage would raise prices and cause some employers to cut jobs or workers' hours.

The bill would exempt businesses with annual gross sales up to $500,000.

Similar bills have died in the Senate.

The legislation is House Bill 278.