Oct 7, 2014

Scott Walker's Admin Declares $7.25/hour a "Living Wage"

"The Department has determined that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the wages paid to the complainants are not a living wage."

So says Scott Walker's Department of Workforce Development (DWD), very quietly.

Wisconsin's minimum age is $7.25/hour.

That Scott Walker would say $7.25/hour is a livable wage shows how removed he is from ordinary Wisconsin citizens.

Easy to miss amid all this nonsense emitting from the Walker administration.

Caught the story via Evan Bolin at (WKOW TV).

Notes Citizen Action of Wisconsin:

And according to Wisconsin wage law, not only should the minimum wage be a livable wage, but if workers can demonstrate that it’s not, the Governor has an obligation to take action within 20 days. On Sept 24th, 100 low wage workers filed official complaints to Gov. Scott Walker that the minimum wage isn't a living wage and thus violated state statute.

We know that thousands of Wisconsin workers cannot make it on $7.25. We also know that when workers can’t afford the basics, the whole economy slows down and everyone loses. It’s just economic common-sense: Putting more money into the hands of working people ensures they have more to spend on goods and services, increasing demand in our economy and spurring job growth.

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