The Governor of Kentucky has issued an executive order raising wages for state government’s lowest-paid workers. Beginning July 1, every person working for the executive branch of state government will earn at least $10.10 per hour, except for tipped employees whose wages will be more than doubled to $4.90 per hour. The current state minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The new policy also requires that private companies with service contracts with state government pay a minimum wage of at least $10.10 an hour to those of their employees who perform work on or in connection with those government contracts. That requirement will be added to contracts as they come up for renewal. (Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Office, Press Release June 8, 2015.)
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