Steve Beshear on Jobs
Raise state worker minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin filed five executive orders to start reshaping state government along conservative ideological lines, including one that reversed earlier executive orders by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear for a higher minimum
wage for state workers and employees of state vendors.
Beshear's June 8 executive order raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for hundreds of the lowest-paid workers in state government's executive branch and the employees of
vendors who signed contracts with the executive branch.
An estimated 800 state workers who already have received pay raises as a result of
Beshear's order may keep them, but all new state hires will start at the previously established pay scale, Bevin said. The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Source: Lexington Herald Leader on 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial race
, Dec 22, 2015
Jobless rate is falling; Kentucky now 2nd in job growth
My immediate goal during the recession was to help our families and businesses survive. But merely surviving was not enough. So we also acted strategically to preserve our ability to make investments in our people and infrastructure that would strengthen
Kentucky's long-term capacity. By embracing tough but thoughtful fiscal decisions, you and I brought Kentucky through the worst recession of our lifetimes better than most other states, and today our economic momentum is gaining national recognition.
We've made a lot of progress. For example, our one-year net job growth recently ranked second in the nation, and our current unemployment rate is the lowest in over four years.
That jobless rate has fallen almost 25% in two years. In fact, we're now adding jobs at the pre-recession pace.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Kentucky Legislature
, Feb 6, 2013
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