Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors vote to raise minimum wage

CREATED Feb. 6, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb. 6, 2014

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  • Packed house at county board meeting. Image by Jonah Kaplan

  • Packed house at county board meeting. Image by Jonah Kaplan

  • Packed house at county board meeting. Image by Jonah Kaplan

MILWAUKEE -- This was music to many ears.

Just minutes after the MPD the recovery of the multi-million dollar violin, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors made it's own noise: they voted to raise the minimum wage for county employees and contractors.
 
The new "living wage" as supporters call it, would pay at least $11.32 an hour. 
 
The 12-6 vote followed a lengthy debate about wages, worker's rights, taxpayers and amendments. Some opponents derided the bill as a costly mistake, while others didn't think the bill went far enough.
 
The 12 votes is also significant because that's the amount needed to override a potential veto from County Executive Chris Abele.