Politics
10:48 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Stivers: Senate Action on Minimum Wage Possible

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says there's a "real possibility" the Senate will pass some form of a minimum wage bill.  Stivers said Friday that senators are working on the bill that passed the House a month ago.

The House-passed version would gradually raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour in July 2016.  The bill is a top priority of House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

Stivers anticipates the Senate will make changes to the bill.

Stumbo signaled a willingness to possibly compromise as long as it brings some relief to minimum-wage workers.

The House-passed measure calls for 95-cent increases in three phases until the minimum wage would reach $10.10. The House amended the bill to exempt businesses with annual gross receipts of under $500,000.