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Stuck in a Rut: Wisconsin’s Minimum Wage

2013 Brings Increases in 12 States

A number of states welcomed in the New Year today with minimum wage increases – thanks to formulas that automatically adjust it for inflation. Washington State leads the way, with the nation’s highest state minimum, which is now $9.19 an hour.

However, Wisconsin is not one of the 12 states where the minimum wage is increasing this year (automatically in 10 of those states), nor is it one of the 19 states that exceed the federal minimum. Our floor on wages remains right where it has been ($7.25 per hour) since the last federal increase took effect in July 2009.

Rep. Cory Mason (D. Racine) would like Wisconsin to join the list of states that regularly adjust the minimum wage. According to an article last week in the Racine Journal Times, Mason plans to reintroduce a bill this year that would increase the minimum to $7.60 per hour and then index it annually for inflation.

“It would go a long way to giving people a little more dignity for their work,” Mason told the Journal Times. “I think it’s a real policy mistake to not have a minimum wage that can get somebody out of poverty.”

Read more in the December 27 article.

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