Stumbo advocates higher minimum wage in Ky.

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's time to raise the state's minimum wage.

The Prestonsburg Democrat said Friday he'll propose legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over three years. Stumbo says his proposal also seeks to tackle pay equity problems.

Stumbo says the proposal will be filed as House Bill 1, reflecting one of his top priorities for the legislative session that begins Tuesday.

The proposal mirrors an effort by national Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage.

Stumbo says Kentucky's minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009, and that inflation has eroded low-wage pay since then. He says the minimum wage doesn't provide a living wage.

He says the proposal is part of an effort by Democrats to improve conditions for working families.

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