As noted in my previous blog post, the Council’s Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee voted to table the issue of minimum wage until the legal challenge to Louisville’s action to raise the wage is resolved. The Lexington Herald-Leader provides further analysis here.
The first legal hurdle was cleared on Monday (6/29/15), as the circuit court determined that a municipality has the authority to set a minimum wage. You can read the full decision here and a report from The Courier-Journal on this development here. The plaintiffs who brought the suit have stated that they will appeal this circuit court decision.
I voted against the motion to table the issue and I am hopeful this early legal victory will encourage the Council to reconsider, and that we will have enough support on council to make Lexington the second Kentucky city to pass an increase in the minimum wage.
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