County Attorney: Louisville Can Set Own Minimum Wage

Aug 26, 2014

The Jefferson County attorney has issued a legal opinion saying Louisville officials can set a minimum wage in the city.

Media report that Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told Metro Council members in a letter that they could pass an ordinance setting a higher minimum wage than the rest of the state without conflicting with state law.


The opinion comes in response to a request from Councilwoman Attica Scott. She is part of a Democratic majority on the council who have voiced support forĀ 

increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

Scott and other council members said they plan to introduce an ordinance for a gradual increase.

State lawmakers did not pass a proposal earlier this year to raise the minimum wage statewide.