Eight hundred state employees in Kentucky will receive a pay increase in July after an executive order bumped theminimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour, according to official reports. The increase will only apply to certain state employees, but will include those who work in state-run kitchens.
According to the report, the executive order came from the Governor of Kentucky after the wage increase stalled in the state senate. Governor Beshear is urging other governors to do the same. According to reports, several states have attempted to pass higher minimum wage standards, only to have the legislation stall at state levels. However, a governor can supersede those decisions by issuing an executive order. Bruce Levenson (brucelevenson.com) understands that an executive order does not require legislative approval.
Govorner Andrew Cuomo of New York, famously suggested raising minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City to $11.50 and $10.50 elsewhere in the state last year. That legislation failed at the state level as well. Advocates have noted that it is impossible for workers to exist in New York City at the current pay rates offered. Cuomo is currently investigating the current minimum wage and what would work best for NYC workers and the companies that employee them.