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Metro Council votes to raise min. wage to $9/hr over 3 years, Mayor says he will sign

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Supporters of the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour gather at the council meeting to show support. Supporters of the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour gather at the council meeting to show support.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said via Twitter Thursday night he would sign the ordinance into law. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said via Twitter Thursday night he would sign the ordinance into law.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a confusing time at the Metro Council meeting Thursday night, the council voted 16-9 to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour over three years. 

The debate time was stretched to the very end as Democratic members of the council proposed several amendments to the way the minimum wage would be raised. The last amendment from Councilwoman Mary Woolridge proposed raising the wage to $9.00 over three years.

After the vote Thursday night, Mayor Greg Fischer said via Twitter he looks forward to "signing the ordinance into law."

"I'm pleased with the council's vote, appreciate their hard work on this important issue," Fischer said in a tweet. "I will support $9 over three years because it is a balanced compromised solution," he added.

Before the minimum wage would be brought up, an ordinance adopting the state Whistleblower Act was passed at the meeting. The act amends the ethics code to provide expanded protection for Louisville Metro Employees.

Several Democrats co-sponsored the original ordinance that would gradually raise minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in Louisville. The labor and economic development committee passed the measure earlier this week.

Mayor Fischer says raising the wage to $10.10 would result in job losses and he's said he would veto the ordinance. He asked the council to raise the wage to $8.75 and said he would not go any higher.

During the meeting, Councilwoman Cindi Fowler proposed raising the wage to $8.75 an hour by 2017. 

Next, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh asked to raise the wage to $9.40 instead, but she withdrew her amendment when Councilwoman Mary Woolridge proposed the approved increase to $9.00 over three years.

"Everything was about compromise and so this is what we did," Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-District 3) said after the meeting. "We wanted at least a $9.00 over three years, and we got it. And I believe it's fool-proof, I believe the mayor will absolutely sign it, and we are absolutely elated."

"I don't know how a mayor can say to the community on Tuesday that losing jobs at this rate is unacceptable and then turn around the night of the vote and say 'I'm looking forward to signing it'," Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-District 11) said. "My sincerest hope is that he reads the entire ordinance before he puts pen to paper."

Metro Council President Jim King was not at the meeting tonight due to illness.

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