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KY Minimum Wage Debate

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More than 460,000 Kentuckians would benefit from increasing the state’s minimum wage to @10.10 an hour…So says the director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy Jason Bailey.

He discussed the issue Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. Bailey says that breaks down to one in four Kentucky workers…and many of them are not​ high school students…

Bailey says Kentucky’s minimum wage should be increased because real wages for the state’s workers have been declining for more than a decade. The president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions argues that hiking the minimum wage would actually cost some of those people their jobs.

Jim Waters also appeared on Kentucky Tonight. He says mandating a pay increase would drive up the cost of everything…

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Waters contends there are consequences to increasing the minimum wage. He says they include higher prices and fewer employment opportunities.