On November 19th, Lexington became the second Kentucky city to approve a minimum wage ordinance. Louisville was the first city to pass a local minimum wage law when employers were required to pay $7.75 per hour to their minimum wage employees starting July 1st.
During a city council meeting, Lexington’s Urban County Council voted 9-6 to raise the minimum wage rate. The public was allowed to comment on the topic for approximately two hours. Points both in support and against were made before the council voted.
The scheduled minimum wage rate increases are as follows:
Rate Effective Date
$8.20 per hour July 1, 2016
$9.15 per hour July 1, 2017
$10.10 per hour July 1, 2018