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06
Feb
2018

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.

Written by Commoners for Mike McCabe, Christine Welcher   
 
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02
Feb
2018

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

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
 
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01
Feb
2018

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!

Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
 
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30
Jan
2018

farm-familyFarmers need to take on the role of citizen lobbyists to share concerns with their legislators about the importance of the state of agriculture and rural communities.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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29
Jan
2018

tax-plan-2017Senator Chris Larson, Representative David Bowen, Representative Daniel Riemer, and Milwaukee School Board Director Paula Phillips announce new group with a positive vision for what our country could be with effective, constructive leadership.


MILWAUKEE, WI – In answer to growing national frustration, the America’s Cabinet is launching today. America’s Cabinet is a non-partisan effort by a group from the Young Elected Officials Network (YEO). The Cabinet offers a positive vision for what our country could be with effective, constructive leadership.

America’s Cabinet will launch today at 11:30 AM (CST) at the National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045 - 13th Floor). The launch will be available live at https://nowthisnews.com/ or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/.

statue-of-libertyA growing number of our neighbors in Wisconsin and across our nation are concerned about the direction of our democracy, but they are also frustrated by the lack of positive, innovative ideas that once defined the spirit of American democracy. America’s Cabinet will go beyond voicing opposition to harmful policies coming out of Washington, the Cabinet will offer a bold vision backed by solid policy ideas to ensure America lives up to its promise and to create a nation that works for all Americans.

Our nation is at a critical crossroad and America’s Cabinet is here to offer solid policy recommendations tackling issues that impact everyday Americans.

Click here for the complete list of America’s Cabinet members and short videos about what we believe needs to change.

Written by State Senate Democrats   
 
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26
Jan
2018

lines-farmsMeasures of the economy are split, with some booming counties and others struggling. We need to use our funds wisely when we invest in schools, roads and economic development.

Written by Jon Erpenbach Press. State Senator 27th District   
 
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