At the Tuesday, June 7, 2015 work session (click here for video and navigate to council reports for minimum wage discussion), I made a motion to remove the issue of raising the minimum wage from the Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee and place it on the agenda for a special meeting of the Committee of the Whole. As noted earlier on this blog, the Budget, Finance, Economic Development Committee had tabled discussion of the issue until litigation on Louisville’s minimum wage ordinance is finally resolved. The Division of Law estimated that this process could take up to two years with various appeals. I made my motion because I believe our community needs to act sooner, especially given the circuit court’s approval of Louisville’s ordinance and the refusal of the Kentucky Court of Appeals to issue an emergency injunction sought by the plaintiffs to stop implementation.
Council approved my motion by a vote of 11-4. Now the full council will be able to consider all aspects of the issue and move toward crafting an ordinance that can be supported by a majority of council. That Committee of the Whole meeting will be on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm in council chambers.
Council begins its summer recess on July 8, 2015 and reconvenes on August 8, 2015. I look forward to advancing the issue of raising the minimum wage when we return. Thanks to Council Member Jennifer Mossotti for initiating the proposed ordinance and to the many citizens who have engaged in this important discussion throughout Council deliberations to this point.
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