Lawmakers introduce bill to increase minimum wage for Wisconsin workers
Two Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers introduced a bill on Friday, November 17, that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 over a 5-year period.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Sargent, Madison, and Sen. Bob Wirch, Somers, would have the minimum wage increase each year until reaching the $15.
A similar bill was introduced last year but did not pass in the Republican-controlled state legislature and Republicans still control both houses.
Sargent admits the bill faces a partisan legislature, but she argues introducing these types of bills can “change the fabric of the state” even though they might not pass because it allows people to think and talk about issues that matter to them, according to an article in the Badger Herald.
The federal minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2009, but 29 states have took it upon themselves to increase the wage above the federal level.
Sargent says Wisconsin residents are overwhelmingly in favor of increasing the wage.