Kentucky's minimum wage would increase for the first time in a decade under a bill the Senate approved.
The Republican-controlled Senate passed a plan that would gradually increase Kentucky's wage to $7.25 an hour by 2009. Raising the minimum wage was among the top priorities of the Democrat-led house. Currently, the minimum wage in Kentucky is $5.15 an hour.
Kentucky's plan to raise its minimum wage comes as federal lawmakers in congress are pondering a similar move. Labor unions and religious groups pushed for the increase throughout the session. The bill now heads back to the House for additional consideration.