Until now, the recent wave of minimum wage increases had eluded cities in the southern United States. Then last week, Louisville, Kentucky, raised its minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour over the course of three years.
The first phase of that wage hike went into effect last week. Thousands of workers in Louisville could be affected. And as Ashley Lopez from Here & Now contributor WFPL reports, economists say this could have a sweeping impact through the American South.
This segment aired on July 7, 2015.