Kansas Sen. Marci Francisco, a Lawrence Democrat, has introduced a bill to raise the Kansas minimum wage from $2.65 an hour to the federal level, which goes to $7.25 in July (2/11, Local). Francisco estimates that more than 20,000 Kansas workers make a wage less than the current federal minimum of $6.55. Kansas has the lowest minimum wage in the nation. How can the Kansas Legislature support a minimum wage of $2.65 an hour? How can anyone survive on $2.65 an hour?
The Kansas minimum wage is a national disgrace. We need to help our Kansas citizens who are paid starvation wages. If you think the Kansas minimum wage is unfair, please contact your Kansas state senator and state representative and ask them to end this national disgrace by supporting an increase in the Kansas minimum wage.