MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says his Democratic opponent Mary Burke supports a minimum wage increase because she does not have a plan for creating new jobs.
The Republican Walker spoke to reporters in Madison Wednesday, where he continued to attack a plan by legislative Democrats to raise the state's current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour in stages. It would rise to $10.10 in two years.
Burke had earlier supported a more modest increase -- but the former Trek Bicycle exec said last weekend she'd align herself with other Democrats on the issue. Burke also said she would unveil a comprehensive jobs plan in the coming weeks.
A recent Marquette poll gave Walker a six point lead over Burke, but 62 percent in the poll said there should be at least some jump in the minimum wage.
Walker says the best way to raise wages is to help employers create more jobs -- and he says his administration has carried out a plan for doing that.
Barring an explosion of new plants, Walker will not keep his 2010 campaign promise to create a quarter-million private sector jobs by the end of his current term. About a-fifth of voters in the Marquette survey said they'd vote for Walker even if he doesn't reach his goal. He plans to unveil a jobs plan for a second term this spring.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)