- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington officials have given preliminary approval to a proposal that would increase the city’s minimum wage.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1LVmgmf) reports the Urban County Council passed a first reading on Thursday of a measure to increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years. Officials must approve the proposal at a second reading before it becomes law. A final vote is set for Nov. 19.

Several business owners spoke against the proposed wage increase, saying it would lead to fewer jobs and higher prices.

An amendment offered to exempt small businesses didn’t pass, but another amendment that exempted agricultural workers did.

Mayor Jim Gray hasn’t said whether he would veto the ordinance, but has promised to listen to both sides of the debate.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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