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Louisville Mayor backs $8.75 minimum wage, Metro Council members respond

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is speaking out once more regarding raising the minimum wage in Louisville.

Mayor Fischer has previously said he would veto raising the wage to $10.10 per hour, and that he believes the wage should be raised instead to $8.75 per hour. 

The mayor says minimum wage workers should be paid more, just not as much as some Metro Council members want.

"If jobs are portable, or they have competitors outside of Jefferson County, job loss is very real and it will happen," Fischer said.

He's said he would veto the ordinance that raises minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and he says that much of an increase could lead to a loss of 2,000 jobs.

"So there's a line in the sand," councilman Tom Owen said. "Now comes the challenge to our council."

Councilman Tom Owen co-sponsored the minimum wage ordinance.

He hopes something will pass Thursday, even if it's not the original $10.10.

"I'm afraid -- right this minute -- that there may be some of my colleagues who are so irritated at the mayor, so irritated at the word compromise that they might sit on their hands and let the whole thing go down the drain," Owen said.

We've learned, ahead of the metro council meeting, another compromise is being discussed.

Councilman David James says the Mayor's proposal calls for a 50 cent increase over three years, raising the wage from $7.25 to $8.75.

James says he and other council members are now asking the mayor's office for a 57 cent increase over five years. That would still bring minimum wage up to $10.10, just not as quickly as the original proposal.

When asked if he's set on $8.75 Fischer responded, "Yes. I talked to president King before, I've talked to committee chair Tandy about this as well. I've encouraged the council to listen to all parts of the community so that we can have a balanced approach on this."

Councilman James says they have not gotten a response from the mayor's office on that counter proposal yet.

If the mayor does decide to veto whatever is passed, there are likely not enough votes to override him.

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