Stumbo To Press For Higher Minimum Wage

Nov 5, 2014

House Speaker Greg Stumbo (at lectern) joined other House Democratic leaders Wednesday as they unveiled their agenda for the 2015 Regular Session, which begins in January.
Credit Kentucky LRC

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he'll make another push to raise the state's minimum wage, but he faces the same skepticism from his Senate counterparts.

The Democratic-run House passed a bill this year to gradually raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour. The measure died in the Republican-run Senate.

One day after Democrats kept control of the House, Stumbo said Wednesday he'll propose the same minimum wage bill in 2015.

Senate President Robert Stivers said he doesn't see it as a business-friendly proposal.

Stumbo also promoted a proposal to let local governments charge a sales tax to pay for specific projects.

Stivers says he likes the concept of letting communities decide but says the issue will be up to the entire GOP Senate caucus.