The balancing act on raising state’s minimum wage

Finding a balanced approach that addresses the needs of workers and the potential impact on businesses and broader economy is essential.

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January 25, 2024 - 9:36 PM

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Governor Laura Kelly rolled out her proposed budget Jan. 11 for the 2025 fiscal year. Her priorities include an array of strategic initiatives including cuts to property and sales taxes, expansion of Medicaid, and increased investments in education and Kansas water systems.

Kelly’s budget also includes a plan to implement a 5% pay raise for state employees as well as increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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