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McCabe Charts 5-Year Path to Living Wage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Commoners for Mike McCabe, Christine Welcher   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:26

matc-studentsA key feature of McCabe’s proposal is regional flexibility to recognize the cost of living is higher in some parts of the state than in others, with the new minimum wage pegged to each.


ALTOONA, WI - Wisconsin governor candidate Mike McCabe today put forward a plan for yearly increases in the state’s minimum wage that take into account differences in the cost of living across the state, with the earnings floor reaching $15 an hour once fully phased in after five years.

After that, the wage would be adjusted for inflation each year to keep pace with the cost of living.

Turning the minimum wage into a living wage will have ripple effects up and down the wage scale, also boosting wages for those currently earning above the minimum. Putting more money in the pockets of workers will stoke consumer demand and stimulate the economy.

mike-mccabe“Wisconsin’s goal should be nothing less than an economy where if you work you won’t be poor,” McCabe said, noting that Wisconsin currently leads the nation in shrinkage of the middle class. “Low wages are a killer for our economy. They suppress consumer demand and inhibit sales.”

A key feature of McCabe’s proposal is regional flexibility that recognizes the cost of living is higher in some parts of the state than in others, with the new minimum wage pegged to the average wage in each of Wisconsin’s 20 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent BLS figures show average wages for the state’s metro and nonmetro areas range from just over $18 per hour to nearly $26.50 per hour.

In the first year, McCabe’s plan raises Wisconsin’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour to put Wisconsin’s wage on a par with neighboring states.

The second year, the wage floor goes up to $10.50 per hour or 55% of the area average, whichever is less. Based on current BLS figures, the wage would be around $9.90 per hour in Wisconsin’s lowest wage area.

In the third year, the minimum wage is raised to the lower of $12 per hour or 60% of the area average, generating an earnings floor of roughly $10.80 per hour in the state’s lowest wage area.

The fourth year, the wage is boosted to $13.50 per hour or 65% of the area average. The minimum in the lowest wage area would be about $11.70 per hour.

In year five, Wisconsin’s minimum wage goes to $15 an hour or two-thirds of the area average, with yearly adjustments for inflation thereafter. In the lowest wage area, the earnings floor would be in the vicinity of $12.10 per hour based on current BLS figures.

Under McCabe’s plan, employers are allowed to pay employees 17 years of age or younger 85% of the new minimum wage.

 
Wisconsin Women’s Network Announces Accelerated Policy Institute PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Women’s Network, Kara Pennoyer   
Friday, 02 February 2018 16:49

womens-health-monthInstitute aims to grow the number of women who have the confidence, skills, and strategic know-how to successfully engage in their communities on policy issues that matter to Wisconsin women and girls.


MADISON, WI - The Wisconsin Women’s Network (WWN) announced the launch of the Accelerated Policy Institute to meet the large demand of women throughout Wisconsin who are interested in expanding their advocacy skills.

The Accelerated Policy Institute is designed for women of all experience levels and aims to grow the number of women who have the confidence, skills, and strategic know-how to successfully engage in their local and statewide communities on policy issues that matter to Wisconsin women and girls.

Women from all sectors, including those affiliated with nonprofit organizations, academia, philanthropy, labor unions, and government are encouraged to sign up. The Accelerated Policy Institute is also great for college and graduate students, retirees, and women interested in infusing their volunteer activities with effective advocacy skills.

Wisconsin Women’s Network Accelerated Policy Institute
Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 4, 2018
Goodman Community Center in Madison
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

REGISTER ONLINE:

www.wiwomensnetwork.org/accelerated-policy-institute/

The Accelerated Policy Institute will provide hands-on intersectional policy advocacy, leadership, and communications training in a condensed two-day format. The Accelerated Policy Institute does not replace WWN’s Policy Institute, which will remain a selective program consisting of four intensive training retreats over a four month period. The next full-length Policy Institute will be announced in July 2018.

The Wisconsin Women’s Network is an organization that promotes the advancement of women and girls in Wisconsin through communication, education, advocacy, and connections. Learn more at: www.wiwomensnetwork.org/.

 
Republican Trickle-Down Economic & Tax Policies Cost Wisconsin Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Friday, 02 February 2018 15:55

kc-layoff-wbayScott Walker owns the Kimberly-Clark layoffs say Dems.

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Time Is Running Out For Fair Voting District Maps PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Thursday, 01 February 2018 17:05

counties-for-fair-mapsWisconsin county boards representing 64% of Wisconsin residents have formally asked the state to end gerrymandering. It’s time for the Chairs of the State Senate and Assembly elections committees to hold public hearings.


MADISON - In January, the 37th Wisconsin county passed a Fair Maps resolution! That means MORE THAN HALF of all Wisconsin county boards—representing 64% of Wisconsin residents—that have formally asked the state to end gerrymandering and adopt a nonpartisan process for drawing the state’s voting district maps.

It’s high time for the Chairs of the State Senate and Assembly elections committees to hold public hearings on two bills that would have a nonpartisan legislative agency draw district maps – so legislators won’t be able to “choose their voters” through gerrymandering!

Contact State Senator Devin LeMahieu and Assembly Representative Kathy Bernier and demand a public hearing for SB13 and AB44 before the current legislative session adjourns. Time is running out!

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