Leaders of the Kentucky Senate and House are exchanging words on minimum wage legislation. The House approved a bill Thursday to raise the minimum wage 95 cents a year for three years, eventually reaching ten dollars ten cents an hour. Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber is more interested in creating new jobs.
“And if they want to keep a very narrow approach of how are we just gonna keep minimum wage jobs around here, that’s their prerogative. We want to look at much broader more optimistic picture,” said Stivers. Saying Kentucky’s minimum wage would rise if the federal government enacted a hike, Stivers believes state action on the matter is not needed. Speaker Stumbo contends Stivers is playing politics with the lives of the working poor. “The people that that bill would help are the lowest people on the socio-economic ladder in Kentucky. They’re the working poor,” said Stumbo. Stivers asked if Stumbo is promoting the minimum wage issue to score political points with voters.