February 26, 2008

Mason's bill raising minimum wage gets hearing

Assembly Bill 274, which raises the minimum wage from $6.50 to $7.25 per hour and indexes it annually at the rate of inflation, will receive a public hearing Wednesday in the Assembly Jobs and Economy Committee. The Senate Companion to Assembly Bill 274, Senate Bill 130, passed the Wisconsin state Senate on Jan. 15. Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, is the lead author in the Assembly and Sen. Russ Decker, D-Schofield, is the lead author in the Senate.

"I am proud that raising the minimum wage was the first bill I introduced in the Wisconsin state Legislature," said Mason. "Approximately 255,000 workers — 10 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce — will experience some increase in pay if this legislation passes. Additionally, 92,000 children have parents who will benefit from this increase.

"Indexing the minimum wage rate to inflation will help middle class families struggling to keep up with rising costs," he said.

"Wisconsin’s minimum wage now ranks 40th in the country. The impact of this critical legislation is far too important for it to become a part of a political stalemate. I call on my Republican and Democratic colleagues to meet the needs of working Wisconsinites by passing this necessary legislation as soon as possible," he concluded.

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