Sen. Reggie Thomas files minimum-wage bill

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A majority of states mandate a higher minimum wage than the federal $7.25-an-hour standard. Kentucky is not one of them, but supporters of a higher minimum wage in the state are trying again.

Two new local legislators will have a chance to address the issue, with one in support of a hike and another saying he is open to one.

Twenty-nine states currently have a higher minimum wage than the federal level. Legislation to raise the minimum wage in Kentucky has been filed previously in recent years with the effort failing to advance to a vote.

State Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, prefiled a bill, BR 302, calling for Kentucky to raise the minimum wage in phases over the next seven years, reaching a maximum of $15 an hour in 2026.

(Read more at the Bowling Green Daily News)