Metro Council members file ordinance to raise the minimum wage in Metro Louisville

September 8, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

On Monday, five members of the Louisville Metro Council filed a proposed ordinance that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by the year 2017 for workers in Metro Louisville.

Today, five Council members, including those who serve areas where some folks are living paycheck to paycheck and are barely making ends meet, filed a minimum wage ordinance that will benefit workers across our city, said Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1). Scott and Council members Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) David James (D-6) and Tom Owen (D-8) are the primary sponsors of the ordinance. "Since the beginning of the year, the Community Affairs Committee has held meetings and listened to all sides on the issue," said Shanklin. "We conducted a public hearing with overwhelming support to raise the minimum wage. Now is the time to move forward."

The proposed ordinance calls for the Minimum wage to increase to $8.10 per hour on July 1, 2015. Then, it would increase to $9.15 per hour on July 1, 2016 and finally then hit $10.10 per hour on July 1 2017.
"This is a realistic approach to raising the minimum wage that allows businesses to gradually increase over a three year period," said Hamilton. "In the event the state or the federal government increases the minimum wage, this ordinance will give way to the new wage."

In late August the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, in a letter to Councilwoman Scott, indicated the Metro Council as a local government did have the authority to raise the minimum wage and there is no conflict with state law.
"Raising the minimum wage for our citizens not only helps the worker but it also helps stimulate spending and that helps our entire community," said James. "Hopefully, lawmakers in Frankfort will follow our lead to help working families throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky." After it is filed, the ordinance will get its first reading by the Metro Council on Thursday, September 11th.

Minimum Wage Ordinance In Committee

Attica Scott (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
David James (D) 6
Tom Owen (D) 8