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Bill Introduced to Raise Wisconsin's Minimum Wage

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(1/21/14) Democrats introduced a bill today to raise Wisconsin's minimum wage from the current 7.25-an-hour to 10.10 over the next two years.

However, the bill has no chance of passing unless some majority Republicans support it -- and so far, none have. Assembly Democrat Cory Mason of Racine says he's disappointed that nobody in the G-O-P has co-sponsored the measure. He says recent polls have shown that most Americans -- including Republicans -- support a higher minimum wage. Democrats brought Darrell Summers of Milwaukee to their State Capitol news conference. He said he gets 640-dollars a month making minimum wage at Popeye's -- and all but 90 of that goes toward rent. The 57-year-old Summers said he and his co-workers were all cut back to 28-hours-a-week last year. The Democrats want to raise the state's minimum to 8.20-an-hour now, 9.15 a year later, and 10.10 the year after that. Mason said around 600-thousand Wisconsin workers would benefit once the wage hits 10.10. Earlier this month, Republican Governor Scott Walker told C-N-N he's against raising the minimum wage. He said it's an artificial increase that does nothing to create jobs. Walker said lawmakers should focus on job training instead.

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