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Democratic metro council members throw support behind Louisville's minimum wage hike

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Workers across Louisville got a raise Friday, as the minimum wage jumped by 50 cents an hour.

The increase is part of the plan Metro Council passed two years ago, to increase the minimum wage over a period of years.

Last year, that rate made its first jump from $7.25 to $7.75 an hour.

Friday, it went up to $8.25, and next year, it's set to go to $9.

Democratic Metro Council members and others came together Friday to say that opponents who predicted the hike would be bad for business were wrong.

"It has been a great thing for our economy," Councilman David James said. "It has stimulated our economy and has uplifted our economy and has uplifted the lives of many of our constituents.

"By the time we get to $9 an hour, we will have affected the lives of 45,000 residents.

In fact, council members are talking about possibly reviewing the ordinance next year and continuing the increases to $10.10 an hour.

This all comes, however, as the Kentucky Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit that could throw out Louisville's minimum wage ordinance.

A ruling is expected later this year.

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