Some Greg Fischer Minimum Wage Back Story

Lost in all the mainstream and social media hubbub over the minimum wage hike in Louisville was what people actually told Greg Fischer’s office. Fischer’s been fond of telling the community that most people opposed the wage increase.

But who was telling him that? What kind of businesses do they operate? What did they really have to say? Do they even live in Louisville?


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Let’s take a look at documents received as part of an open records request that Fischer’s office finally decided to fulfill two months later.

These are all the folks Fischer’s office say opposed a minimum wage increase.

Brent Beanblossom, Home Instead Senior Care:


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Steve Brooks, Tumbleweed:


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Rebecca Daigrepont:


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Jeffrey Davis, Accu-Tec, Inc.:


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John Doster, PARx Solutions:


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Steve Dutton, Printex USA:


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Scott Ferguson:


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Steve Ford, Prospect:


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Christopher Fuller, Arby’s — Atlanta, GA:


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Rich Gimmel, Atlas:


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Debbie Glasgow, Red Roof Inn:


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Mike King, consultant:


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Katrina Kopatz:


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Debbie Glasgow, Red Roof Inn:


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Mike King, consultant:


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Katrina Kopatz:


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Pam Krause:


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Cliff Krawiec, claims increase will harm seniors:


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Barry Laws, Openrange:


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Charles Leis, Bramco:


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Buddy Mattingly, Tumbleweed:


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Christian McCutcheon, BrightStar Care:


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Tim Poole, Dizzy Whizz:


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Andrew Ott, Kentucky Restaurant Association:


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Anthony Piagentini, Republican Party:


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Cindi Peeff:


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Jeff Reetz, failed Republican congressional candidate and Pizza Hut franchisee:



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You’ll want to read the rest after the jump…

Christopher Seckman, North End Cafe:


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Luke Schmidt, Prospect:


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Kyle Staggers, Roux:


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Evelyn Strange, AES:


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Sherrie Weber, Mesa Foods:


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Norman Adwell, Jennifer Ball, Karri Gerdeman (KaZoing!), Sandra Hartz, John Hassman (A Taste of Kentucky), Rick Knowles, Mike Lyons, Mark Plummer, Lydia Reid, Matt Sexton, Ron Tinal, Mark Vogedes, Amy Wrightsel:

Fascinating, isn’t it? The type of people who convinced Fischer to oppose a wage increase were part of a group of wealthy individuals — some not living in the community or the state — who have no concept of what it means to live paycheck to paycheck.

An interesting note: Fischer’s team didn’t send messages like this to anyone who supported the increase, of course:


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Fischer’s spokesperson, Chris Poynter, was also keen on making sure his staff had documentation in opposition to the increase like this:


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But couldn’t have given a flip less when a group of nuns came to town in support of raising the wage.

There were all kinds of emails like this:


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Now let’s take a look at the folks who supported an increase.

Beverley Ballantine, Cecil Belle, Amelia Brooks, Mary Bryan, Shannon Burch, Julie Cline, Julie Clinkingbeard, Judy Cook, Robin Cook, Mary Cooley, Helen Deines, Dolores Delahanty, Honey Dozier, George Duffy, Sara Elder, Michael Erik, Erin Fitzgerald, Patricia Garnett, Denise Glisson, Marie Good, Julie Gray, Anne Hoffman, Joan Kincade, Jane Lapinski, Mary Marchal, David Maxwell, Lynn McCrary, Laura McCrea, Marilyn McLaughlin, Linda Mitchell, Katherine Nelson, Deborah Nelson, Tom Neukam, Paul Neumann, Michael Neumann, Judith Peoples, Suzy Post, Christy Rhodes, Christopher Ritter, John Roby, Beth Rose, Aaron Rosenblum, Katherin Schneider, Gerrit Schroeder, Dave Sharp, Richard Smith, Edwin Stastny, Jeff Taylor, Clifford Vatter, James Voyles, Linwood Watson, David Wigger, Angela Wood, Carter Wright.

Please take the time to read their concerns and see that they’re truly everyday people:

Yep, those are the folks who supported an increase. Everyday, hardworking individuals who worry about whether they can pay their LG&E bill or put healthy food on the table. They’re not wealthy business owners who can self-finance a congressional campaign or who live 500 miles away. They’re regular Louisvillians.

In total, Fischer’s office provided documents that reveal 43 people (some of them outsiders) wrote his office in opposition to the wage increase. 56 supported it.

All the while he campaigned against the increase, claiming his office had received overwhelmingly more contact in opposition to the increase than in support of it.

What this means: He based his decision on the lobbying efforts put forth by Ford, GE, UPS and such that were coordinated by, ahem, lobbyists. And what a handful of wealthy locals and out-of-towners told him. Would appear he ignored a large amount of support from everyday Louisvillians.

Now you know the story he gave the media was just like every other story he’s told. No wonder they stalled for two months.

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