March 1, 2004
Minimal effort for minimum wage
The Governor's Advisory Council on Minimum Wage came out with a report that must have been drafted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
I'm not making this up. The council suggested a minimum wage for golf caddies of $2.10 per hour for 18 holes, up from $1.18 per hour. Who knew? Only a commission made up of WMC types would worry more about caddies than healthcare workers.
As for the general minimum wage it would climb all the way up to $13,520 per year for a worker who is paid for 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. Wow! Thank you, Governor!
The Secretary of Workforce Development, Roberta Gassman, said, "This will be a real stimulus for our local economies." Is she kidding? And Governor Doyle added, "These new wage raises will mean more money in the pockets of our citizens."
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