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Louisville Metro Council delays vote on minimum wage ordinance

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Council committee did not vote on an ordinance to raise the local minimum wage Thursday after Councilman Ken Fleming, a Republican who opposes the ordinance, threw up a procedural hurdle that tabled the ordinance.

The proposal, which would raise the minimum wage in Jefferson County to $10.10 per hour in 2017, will be brought up again at the next meeting of the council's labor and economic development committee on Dec. 15.

Fleming asked for more information on the impact of the minimum wage proposal on Louisville Metro government revenues, and the council committee could not muster enough votes to defeat his motion by the required super-majority. "This is not a delay tactic as much I am sure I am going to get criticized for (it)," Fleming said.

Councilwoman Attica Scott, a Democrat from west Louisville and the lead sponsor of ordinance, said Fleming's move was an example "games being played" by opponents of a local minimum wage.

Later in the day, Councilman David Tandy, chairman of the economic development committee, vowed that the ordinance will get a vote before the end of the year despite Fleming's move.

"We're voting on it before we're done here this year," Tandy said during a meeting of the council's Democratic caucus.

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved. WDRB.com reporter Marcus Green contributed.
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