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State Senate may Let Local Minimum Wage Laws Stand

There does not seem to be enough support among Wisconsin's GOP senators, to strike down minimum wages some local governments have mandated.

The cities of Milwaukee and Madison along with Dane County have set minimum or 'living' wages for all workers they employ, including those who work for private contractors. The Milwaukee County Board recently voted in favor of an $11.32 an hour minimum wage.

The state bill would invalidate such requirements.

Protesters chanted against the measure at the Capitol on Thursday, as the Senate's Labor Committee was considering the bill - and advanced it.  Some demonstrators left shoes on the meeting table, telling committee members they should walk in the shoes of people earning the current state minimum wage.

After the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the bill ending local minimum wage mandates is likely dead, for this legislative session because there is not enough support among senators in his Republican caucus.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.