Lawmakers pre-file bill to increase Kentucky's minimum wage

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Lawmakers pre-filed a bill Tuesday morning, hoping to increase wages for Kentucky's lowest-paid workers.

Senator Reggie Thomas and Representative Kathy Hinkle, both Democrats, sponsored the bill. Sister station WKYT reports Thomas tried to pass this bill in previous sessions and is not giving up.

"I have pushed to have this heard before. I'm not going to stop. Just because you have a first strike and second strike, doesn't mean you stop swinging," said Sen. Thomas.

Kentucky's minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2008.

Thomas and Hinkle both hope to raise the minimum wage with staggered increases during the next seven years, capping at $15 an hour in 2027. This bill would also allow cities to set their own minimum wages.

"It is time for us to step up to the plate and take care of our citizens and that is what we are sent here to do," said Hinkle.

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