LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Prominent Kentucky Republicans have blasted Governor Steve Beshear's executive order to raise the minimum wage for some state workers, but Matt Bevin isn't among them.

The candidate for governor spoke at a Jefferson County Republican Party gathering Tuesday night.

He didn't fault Beshear for raising pay for about 800 state workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

"I will make a decision just as I do in the private sector. I employ dozens and dozens of people. Every single one of my employees happens to be paid more than the minimum wage. That's a choice I make as the employer," Bevin said. "I'll make the very same decisions as governor."

The increase affects only workers in the executive branch of state government including those who work in state nursing homes caring for veterans, behavioral health centers and state parks.

The move will cost taxpayers about $1.6 million.

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