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Fri February 7, 2014
Minimum Wage Bill Draws Senate Criticism
The Kentucky Senate's top leader has ridiculed a proposed state minimum-wage increase as a "small ball" approach to the debate about jobs.
Senate President Robert Stivers says the focus should be on creating more jobs at the upper end of the wage scale. The Manchester Republican's comments Friday come a day after the Democratic-led House passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage for the first time since 2009.
Under the measure, the minimum wage would gradually increase from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour in July 2016.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he's interested in job growth as well, but says his bill seeks to help the state's lowest-paid workers.
Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer says the Senate may rewrite the bill to promote job growth.
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