Kentucky Democrats fight for three bills to help Kentucky workers

sanniespeaksfloorFRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Today the Kentucky Democratic Party announced support of three bills designed to help working families and strengthen Kentucky’s economy. Rep. Sannie Overly sponsored House Bills 178, 179 and 196 that, respectively, raise Kentucky’s minimum wage, promote pay equity and combat misclassification of employees.

“These three bills help Kentucky’s workers and will strengthen our economy,” said Rep. Sannie Overly, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “Kentuckians who are in the middle class or working at or near minimum wage have watched their standard of living decline for too long. The time is long overdue for this legislation to pass.”

House Bill 178

HB 178 would raise Kentucky’s minimum wage to $8.80 an hour on Aug. 1. Then, it would increase to $10.35 beginning in August 2018. It would go up to $13.45 in August 2020, and would go up for the final time in August 2021 to $15 an hour. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of Kentucky’s minimum wage earners are 25 years of age and older, more than 15 percent have children, and more than 62 percent are women.

For more information on HB 178, click here.

House Bill 179

HB 179 clarifies the right to pay equity in Kentucky, and would prohibit wage differentials for employees who perform equivalent jobs.

For more information on HB 179, click here.

House Bill 196

HB 196 would help Kentucky combat the misclassification of employees. Employers that misclassify employees as independent contractors cut costs by not paying payroll taxes, Social Security and workers’ compensation coverage. Studies show misclassification of employees costs Kentucky taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

For more information on HB 196, click here.


The Kentucky Democratic Party is comprised of more than 1.68 million registered Democrats who support issues that enhance the fair treatment of all Kentuckians. Visit for more information.


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