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