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Bill Would Raise Kansas’ Minimum Wage $3 by 2017

Associated Press - January 8, 2015 7:00 pm

Kansas City Power & Light is appealing a September ruling by Kansas regulators reducing the percentage of annual profit the utility is allowed to return to its stockholders.

A Wichita Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage by $3 dollars by 2017.

Rep. Jim Ward’s proposal would raise the wage by $1 – to $8.25 an hour- on July 1. The wage would then go up to $1 a year during the next two years.

Ward says a full-time worker should not be living below the poverty line in Kansas. Currently a full-time worker making minimum wage earns about $15,000 a year, slightly above the poverty line for a family of two.

The Wichita Eagle reports the state last raised its minimum wage in 2009. Democrats have tried unsuccessfully since then to raise the wage.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s office said he would not comment on potential bills.

(Information from: The Wichita Eagle