Legislators consider raising Wisconsin's minimum wage

CREATED Jan 9, 2014

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MADISON - A new bill announced Thursday morning by four Wisconsin legislators would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine), Sen. Robert Wirch (D-Somers), Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee), and Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay).

Wisconsin's current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. The proposed bill would immediately increase the wage to $8.20 per hour, and then to $10.10 per hour two years later. The minimum wage would also be adjusted as inflation rises, according to the legislators.

“Americans have been crying out for change,” said Sen. Harris. “It is unacceptable that individuals who work full-time cannot support their families or meet their basic needs.”

The legislators plan on formally introducing the bill next week.