Governor Unsure about Higher Minimum Wage

Governor Fletcher said he hasn't decided whether he'll sign a minimum-wage bill into law.

The house approved the measure March 12, 2007, while the Senate passed it last week

Currently, the minimum wage in Kentucky is $5.15 an hour. Under the proposal, it would increase to $5.85 three months after lawmakers adjourn, $6.55 an hour in July 2008 and $7.25 an hour July 1, 2009.

Fletcher said he and his general counsel haven't yet reviewed the plan. He also said he wants to consider the economic impact increasing the minimum wage would have, and how it would affect jobs and small businesses. But he said it received bipartisan support, and so it's likely he will be able to sign it.


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