Minimum Wage

It looks like Wisconsin's minimum wage will stay right where it is.

The legislative Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules voted six-to-three this afternoon to block a proposal to increase the minimum wage.

The current minimum wage in Wisconsin is five dollars and 15 cents an hour.

The proposal would have increased that to five dollars and 70 cents an hour this year and six dollars and 50 cents next year.

Republican state Representative Glenn Grothman says business can't absorb that large of an increase. He says a six-fifty minimum wage would force them to lay people off.

The committee is controlled by Republicans.

Madison Democratic state Representative Spencer Black ripped them for taking a hard-core right-wing stance rather than helping needy people.