La Crosse Moves Ahead On Minimum Wage

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La Crosse is the latest city to consider raising the minimum wage -- a proposal that's stalled at the state level.

Milwaukee and Madison have already done so.

La Crosse Mayor John Medinger has introduced a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $6.50.

Medinger says about ten percent of people working in La Crosse earn little more than the current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. The mayor says that's not nearly enough for them to meet their family's basic needs. He says minimum wage employees work multiple jobs and long hours, preventing them from pursuing a higher education and limiting their family time.

The Common Council takes up the matter next week.

The state Assembly and Senate have voted to refer the minimum wage bill back to their labor committees, which aren't planning immediate action on the proposals.