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Kentucky Bishops Issue Statement On Minimum Wage28 Jan

An example of what a raise could mean. Legislative proposals will suggest different wage increases than shown in this chart.

On Monday, January 27, Kentucky’s Catholic Bishops issued a statement titled The Dignity of Work in which they state:

A full-time worker earning the state’s current minimum wage of $7.25 earns little more than $15,000 annually, hardly enough to pay for food and rent, let alone support a family. More than 88 percent of the state’s low-wage  earners are adults, and 27.7 percent are parents trying to provide the necessities of life for their children. They deserve the comfort of knowing that their hard work can provide the means they need to achieve economic stability for themselves and their families.

In calling for the passage of an increase in the minimum wage by Kentucky lawmakers, they cite the Catholic Church’s long history of advocating the right workers have to fair and just compensation. Driving that point home clearly, they quote from Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium:

It is through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive labor that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their lives. A just wage enables them to have adequate access to all the other goods which are destined for our common use.

The Catholic Conference encourages Kentuckians to call 1.800.372.7181 and leave a message for their State Senators and State Representative asking support for House Bill 1.

To read more about the Conference’s thinking about this issue click here.

Graphic Source: thejobgap.org

 

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