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Gov. Beshear Raises Minimum Wage For State Workers

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Taking a page from President Obama’s playbook, Gov. Steve Beshear is raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for some state employees through executive order. Beshear signed the order Monday during a ceremony at the Kentucky Horse Park.

In his remarks, the governor said Kentuckians working full-time jobs should make enough money to live on and the current $7.25 is not sufficient – adding that the extra income could move some state employees off of government assistance.  

The change affects close to 800 workers and comes with a price tag of $1.6 million. Officials say less than half of those dollars will come from the General Fund.

As part of the announcement, Beshear issued a challenge to public and private employers to follow his lead.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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