The proposed ordinance would increase Lexington’s minimum wage well above the state or federal level which is currently $7.25 per hour. It would require local employers to increase their minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over a three-year period.
The ordinance also includes a minimum wage increase for businesses with tipped employees, increasing their hourly wages from $2.41 to $3.09 by July 2017. Additionally, the proposal includes a provision to automatically increase Lexington’s minimum wage up to 3 percent per year based on the Consumer Price Index beginning in 2018, resulting in a minimum wage beyond $10.10 per hour in future years.
If your business or organization would be adversely impacted by this ordinance, you are encouraged to attend the June 8th special meeting or contact Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council members directly by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Council’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee are expected to take up the proposed ordinance again at the committee’s June 23rd meeting.
Statewide business organizations have filed a lawsuit challenging a similar ordinance recently passed in Louisville. There are legal questions about whether a local government has the authority to enact wage mandates since a mechanism for wages already exists at the state level.
If you have questions about the proposed minimum wage ordinance, contact Andi Johnson, Vice President for Public Policy at Commerce Lexington Inc. at (859) 226-1614.