On Monday, June 8th, 2015 Council will hold a special Committee of the Whole meeting to hear public comment on raising the minimum wage in Lexington. The meeting will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in Council Chambers on the second floor of the Government Center. This is an opportunity for you to share with Council your perspective on this issue of great importance for our community.
This special meeting is being held because at the March 17th, 2015 Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee meeting a large number of people who signed up to speak on this important issue did not get a chance to do so. For further context, you may view that meeting online by clicking here: Streaming Video of 3/17/15 Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee Meeting
I plan to support raising the minimum wage in Lexington because the minimum wage has failed to keep pace with rising costs and is one aspect of growing income inequality. Raising the minimum wage will have an immediate positive impact on those who struggle at the lowest end of our economy and on our local economy overall. You can review the research of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) on this issue, which can be found in the following Committee packet: 3/17/15 Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee Packet
This issue will next be on the agenda of the June 23rd, 2015 Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee meeting.
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