May 12, 2005
Alms for the poor
For two important reasons, Jim Doyle, John Gard and Dale Schultz have agreed to flip a buck or two into the hat by agreeing to raise the minimum wage $1.35 per hour. First reason: They want to raise their own salaries and they look pretty foolish thumbing their noses at 39,000 workers in Wisconsin stuck at $10,712 per year. Second reason: Madison, Milwaukee and La Crosse, under pressure from progressives, went ahead and raised the minimum wage in their cities.
So, WMC concluded, this is a danger to their control of state government. Imagine if cities continue to act in the interests of their constituents. Where would it stop? A living wage? Health insurance? Better nip it in the bud, so the governor has apparently agreed to bar local governments from raising the minimum wage and the GOP agreed to take our minimum wage workers all the way to happiness and prosperity--$13,520 per year if they work 8 hours a day for 52 weeks. Benefits? Nah. That would just spoil 'em.
Welcome to Wisconsin. Land of the big heart.
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