Jan. 8, 2014 —
As of Jan. 1, state minimum wages became higher than the federal level in a total of 21 states.
The only state close to Kentucky to go up is Ohio but that state’s $7.95 hourly rate applies only to larger employers.
We agree that the cost of living has increased faster than wages and that much of our economic recovery has been in lower-paying jobs.
But how can most small businesses pay a $2.85 hourly increase and still remain viable?
More importantly for many East Kentuckians, if you don’t have a job, does the minimum wage really matter?