Lexington votes to increase minimum wage to $10.10 an hour

Lexington has become the second city in Kentucky to raise its minimum wage above the state and federal level.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Lexington Urban County Council voted 9-6 on Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. The ordinance exempts agriculture workers and employees who receive tips. Mayor Jim Gray said he would sign the ordinance into law.

The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Louisville raised its minimum wage by 50 cents in June and plans to increase it to $9 an hour by 2017. The Kentucky Restaurant Association sued to block the increase. The case is pending before the state Supreme Court.

The court’s decision will affect whether Lexington’s increase goes forward.

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