Minimum Wage Increases This Week

by Gabe Bullard on June 29, 2009

On Wednesday, Kentucky will increase the minimum wage more than three weeks ahead of the federal government.

The federal minimum wage will go from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour on July 24th. But Kentucky will raise its minimum wage on July 1st.

Full time minimum wage workers will now make an extra $28 per week. Department of Workplace Standards Commissioner Michael Dixon says he’s glad to see the wage go up, but he wishes workers were earning more.

“There’s figures out there and studies done that tell you what a living wage is, but I would think $7.25 an hour would be well below the poverty level,” he says.

Tipped employees will not see a pay increase. Their minimum wage will remain at $2.13 per hour.

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Hilary Smith June 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Yeah, and I bet conservatives are threatening that raising the minimum wage will actually cost jobs. What a crock. How can more money in the pockets of consumers be bad for the economy? (unless they spend it all on Chinese stuff)

Check out this living wage calculator developed at Penn State: http://www.livingwage.geog.psu.edu/

It’s easy. Just type in your zip code.

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