WEDNESDAY 7/1/2020 11:31 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – A proposal to raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $15 failed to pass in the State Senate, according to officials.
Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) was one of the representatives that introduced the proposal.
The Wisconsin State Legislature shows the proposal failed to pass on April 1.
Original Story: Wisconsin lawmaker proposes new legislation to raise state’s minimum wage to $15
TUESDAY 2/4/2020 2:17 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – A Wisconsin lawmaker has proposed new legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15.
Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) released the following statement Tuesday, saying this proposal “would increase the state minimum wage for our hardworking friends and neighbors to $15 per hour over a five-year period. After this five-year period, the state would be required to adjust the minimum wage annually to inflation, ensuring that a continued living wage is established for workers across the state.”
According to Rep. Sargent’s bill, the first increase would move the minimum wage to $8.50. One year after the bill goes into effect, the minimum wage would move up to $10. After two years, $11.50; after three, $13; after four, $14; and after five, $15.
The statement goes on to say that Wisconsinites “believe that when we work hard and play by the rules, we should all have a fighting chance, and that we each do better when we all do better. We believe our economy should work for all of us, not just the top 1 percent, and that our communities are stronger when we’re independent of the government, not dependent upon it.”
According to Rep. Sargent, one in four Wisconsin workers have poverty-wage jobs.
Nationally, the minimum wage has not increased since 2009.
“Wisconsin workers deserve comprehensive reform that puts working people first.”