Small business divided over minimum wage decision

Ruling has business owners divided

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In a city full of big buck businesses, there is also the small business owners who can't always afford to pay the big buck salaries.

“I'm not a billion dollar cooperation, I can't provide $9.00 to my employees,” Asia Rivers said, who owns the Rivers Educational Center for childcare. 

Rivers has been operating for about two years in Old Louisville. Since then, the Louisville Metro law raised Kentucky's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to now $8.25 an hour with annual increases ending at $9.00 per hour in 2017.

“The Federal wage that the state currently enforces just doesn't cut it in the city of Louisville,” Metro Council President David Yates said. 

Now, The Kentucky Supreme Court is saying, ‘no, you cannot do that.’  On Thursday, Metro Council members came together to try and urge business owners to raise the minimum wage anyway. 

“Now, according to the Supreme Court's decision, we must seek the General Assemblies assistance in expressly permitting cities in the first class the authority to set their own minimum wage,” Yates said.    

The question remains, will businesses pay their employees $8.25 an hour or drop back down to $7.25?  That's up to the employer.  Rivers said she will keep the rate the same.    

“We will currently stay at $8.25, I feel like my employees earned it,” she said. 

But she is asking the city for help that would allow small business owners to pay their employees that higher wage.

“Find more ways in order to get funding for small businesses,” she pleads. 


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