GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- President Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage at Laborfest in Milwaukee Monday is energizing the Democratic base across the state.
“It’s going to help a lot of people. It’s going to grow the economy because those people will have money to spend,” said Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay
Several Democrats met outside of Costco, in Green Bay, Tuesday morning to push for the state minimum wage to be raised from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.
“If you’re working fulltime and you’re a student you should be able to support your children, provide for all of them and you can’t," said Shameka Johnson, a working mother who is also trying to go to school and makes only $7.50 an hour.
“It’s a necessary step that’s way over due but it’s not the only step to take," said Karina O’Malley, who also supports a minimum wage increase.
Many voters agree. According to the latest Marquette University Law Poll 57 percent, support increasing the minimum wage, while only 36 percent oppose an increase.
Republicans at the state and national level are opposed to an increase for fear it would hurt job numbers.
If those lawmakers are unwilling to raise the minimum wage, Democrats say its then up to voters to put people in office that will.
“With Mary Burke at the top of the ticket being a big advocate of an increase, we’re hopeful she’ll be successful,” said Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay.