MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Assembly Democrat says he’ll try for a fourth time to raise the state’s minimum wage in the next session.
The state’s current minimum wage is $7.25-an-hour, same as the federal minimum.
Racine Representative Cory Mason wants to increase the state wage to 7.60 – and then take politics out of it by indexing the minimum wage each year, to adjust for inflation.
Mason says he doubts that the Republican majority will go along with it. But he tells the Racine Journal Times that it’s better to pay people a living wage, then to make them rely on food stamps or the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Mason says both parties should realize quote, “There’s no government program that works better than somebody having an honest wage for an honest day’s work.”
Republicans have argued that increasing the minimum wage would cut jobs, especially in small businesses – and that’s something the state cannot risk in these economic times. But Mason insists that there’s no study which shows even a casual relationship between the minimum wage and unemployment – and he said the wage is intended to boost the economy by increasing the buying power of low-wage workers.