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January 21, 2014
Rep. Mason Introduces ‘Wisconsin’s Fair Minimum Wage Act’
Bill will raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $10.10/hr.
MADISON – Today, Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine) was joined by his legislative colleagues, workers, and allied organizations to discuss legislation which would give nearly 600,000 Wisconsin low-wage workers a raise.
The bill, ‘Wisconsin’s Fair Minimum Wage Act’ would gradually raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Rep. Mason and Sen. Bob Wirch (D-Somers), along with Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) circulated the bill for legislative co-sponsorship two weeks ago and have now submitted it for formal introduction.
“I am pleased to announce that we are introducing this bill with a total of 46 cosponsors - 34 State Representatives and 12 State Senators,” said Rep. Mason. “I am disappointed, however, that no Republicans were willing to cosponsor this legislation to give Wisconsin’s working families a long overdue raise.”
Wisconsin’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. The bill raises the minimum wage to $8.20 immediately. It is estimated that approximately 600,000 Wisconsin workers would benefit from the minimum wage increasing to $10.10 per hour.
“Recent polls make it clear that a majority of Americans – Democrats, Independents, and Republicans - support an increase in raising the minimum wage,” said Rep. Mason. “The public recognizes that, even if you work full-time at or close to the minimum wage, you simply cannot make ends meet. Wisconsin’s working families deserve a raise.”
Rep. Mason added, “It is my hope that the Republican legislative majority will allow this bill to move forward. This should not be a partisan issue: a fair minimum wage will grow our state’s economy by reaffirming the dignity of work.”
Rep. Mason concluded, “Wisconsin and the nation honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy yesterday. When Dr. King addressed Memphis’ striking sanitation workers 46 years ago in 1968, he thanked them for ‘reminding the nation that it is a crime for people to live in this nation and receive starvation wages.’ Wisconsin’s Fair Minimum Wage represents a tangible and much-needed step we can take to fulfill Dr. King’s legacy so that if you are working, you are not living in poverty.”