On Thursday, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 (HB1), a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the course of the next three years. The enactment of this bill could signify an economic turning point for thousands of Kentuckians and Kentucky families who are struggling to make ends meet.
Currently, 400,000 Kentuckians earn at or below the $7.25 minimum wage. One in four Kentucky children live in a home where at least one parent is a minimum wage earner. The average Kentucky minimum wage earner is a woman over 25, with at least one child, making approximately $15,080 a year. Increasing the minimum wage will add an additional $5,928 a year to many single-parent homes – helping to keep the heat on, provide daycare, purchase school supplies and put food on the table.
Additionally, many students working their way through college earn minimum wage and this additional $2.95/hour could make the difference between paying for that next semester or dropping out.
The Kentucky Young Democrats commend Speaker Stumbo and the House Democratic Leadership for making this issue a top priority in their legislative agenda. Too Kentuckians work too hard to make so little. We believe all Kentuckians deserve a living wage. A living wage could be a foundation for making sure more Kentuckians have the opportunity to pursue their American dream.
HB1 passed the House 54-44, but its prospects in the Senate look bleak – for now. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please take a moment over the next few days and contact your State Senator and ask them to support the passage of HB1! (You can find your State Senator HERE.)
Tell them this is a bill designed to help brighten the future for young Kentuckians. Tell them this is a family values bill that will strengthen Kentucky’s families. Tell them 61% of Kentuckians support raising the minimum wage! And tell them it’s just the right thing to do!
For more information on the overall economic impact of increasing the minimum wage you can view the recent Economic Policy Institute study HERE.
We can make the difference!
PS. If you can, please take a moment to thank the House Democratic Leadership for standing up for Kentucky workers and Kentucky families!
At each annual convention, the KYDs try to do something to help the community in which the convention is being held. This year, the KYDs will be holding a supply and fundraising drive for the Women’s Crisis Center in Covington, KY.
During convention, there will be a contest between the chapters to see which KYD chapter can collect the most supplies for this worthy cause. The winning chapter will receive the annual Golden Donkey award, as well as 5 free KYD bumper stickers.
Please download this Word document to see the point value of supplies needed.
Please see below for the KYD Convention Draft Schedule. Items are subject to change, but start and end times should remain the same.
Friday – January 31
Opening Reception at Molly Malone’s
Featuring Mayor Sherry Carran and Represenative Arnold Simpson, as well as a live DJ
Cost is free, but donations will be accepted
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
112 E. 4th Street – Covington, KY
Saturday – February 1
(All events on Saturday, February 1 are for paid KYD attendees only. Please register here.)
9:00 am – Breakfast at Marriott (free for participants)
9:30 am – Gavel in; convention begins – Speaker: State Representative Arnold Simpson
10:15 am – Sessions:
1a – Innocence Project
1b – PCCC Training – Lacey Connelly
11:00 am – Panel: How to Work in Politics without Being Elected
Featuring: Kathy Groob, political consultant, Dan Hassert, speechwriter, and Joe Meyer, former Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
11:45 am – Break for lunch
Lunch will feature Secretary of State and US Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
Cost of lunch included in registration free
1:15 pm – Sessions
2a – Affordable Care Act – Cara Stewart
2b – Labor Issues – Richard Becker and Will Emmons
2:00 pm – Election announcements
2:30 pm – Election speeches
3:00 pm – Speaker: State Representative Dennis Keene
3:30 pm – Convention ends for Saturday; trip to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum (cost included in registration fee)
6:30 pm – Convention attendees free to explore Covington area; groups will leave to visit Main Strasse Village, Newport, and Cincinnati Banks area
Sunday – February 2
(All events on Sunday, February 2 are for paid KYD attendees only. Please register here.)
9:00 am – Breakfast at Marriott (free for participants)
9:30 am – Convention begins for Sunday; KYD Business
9:45 am – 2014 Legislative Outlook Panel
10:45 am – State of the KYD
11:00 am – Treasurer’s Report
11:15 – Credential Report
11:30 am – Resolutions
11:45 am – Elections
12:00 pm – Swearing in of new officers
12:30 pm – Gavel out; convention ends
I’m so excited we are holding the 2014 KYD Convention in my hometown of Covington, KY. Covington has so much to offer our group: a wonderful hotel, great restaurants and nightlife and so many supportive Democrats. We are going to have a great convention and I hope you and your chapter will join us!
We have so much information to share, so please read below if you plan to join us or charter your KYD chapter in 2014:
If you are interested in nominating an individual for YD of the Year or KYD Alumni of the Year, or a chapter for Chapter of the Year, College Chapter of the Year, or High School Chapter of the Year, please send your nomination by January 10, 2014 to KYD National Committeewoman, Lauren Ingram at Lauren@KyYoungDems.com. Please include your full name, the full name of the chapter individual, contact information, and reasons you think the person or group is deserving of the award.
Are you interested in running for office at the 2014 KYD Convention in Covington on February 1-2? If so, fill out this form and return it by January 2, 2014. Either e-mail it to KYD at PO Box 486, Lexington, KY 40588 or e-mail it to KYDChartering@gmail.com.
If you are a chapter president or leader, please read through this information for facts on chartering, amendments to the KYD Charter & Bylaws, and submissions of Convention Resolutions.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Don’t forget, registration for the KYD Convention 2014 is open. Numbers are limited, so register today!
President, Kentucky Young Democrats
If you are interested in nominating an individual for YD of the Year or KYD Alumni of the Year, or a chapter for Chapter of the Year, College Chapter of the Year, or High School Chapter of the Year, please send your nomination to KYD National Committeewoman, Lauren Ingram Lauren@KyYoungDems.com.
Please include your full name, the full name of the chapter individual, contact information, and reasons you think the person or group is deserving of the award. Submissions are due by January 10, 2014.