In 2014, I was honored to be the Primary Sponsor of Louisvilleā€™s minimum wage ordinance. I fought for a $10.10 wage increase and, despite the threat of a veto by Mayor Fischer, we ended up with $7.75 per hour in Year 1, $8.25 in Year 2, and $9.00 in Year 3. Because of the dumbed down minimum wage increase in Louisville, we still need a $10.10 minimum wage at the state level which can be implemented over three years and indexed to inflation so that as prices on goods and services increase, so does the amount that minimum wage workers must be paid.

While the federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009, we have the opportunity to raise the wage in Kentucky. And tipped workers continue to make the subminimum wage of $2.13 per hour which is appalling. We can and must do better.