Minimum Wage: Should it be Raised?

By Lori Mitchell | 

Minimum wage hasn't increased in Kentucky since 1997. Now, some lawmakers are calling the $5.15 per hour wage inadequate.

But an area watchdog group disagrees. "By raising minimum wage, we will simply hurt the very people we are trying to help."

Jim Waters with The Bluegrass Institute says only 1% of Kentuckians work for minimum wage and most of them are under 25. He believes if minimum wage is raised, employers will be discouraged from giving young people jobs.

Waters says another concern is that stores would raise prices in order to pay for additional labor costs.

State Representative J.R. Gray of Benton sponsored a bill to raise minimum wage to $6 this year and $6.50 the following year. Governor Fletcher has said he would consider signing off on the bill.