Proposal to Increase Minimum Wage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal to increase the state's minimum wage is headed for debate in the state Senate.

The bill by Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker would increase the minimum wage from $6.50 per hour to $7.25. The wage would then automatically increase based on inflation.

The measure passed out of the Senate Labor Committee on Tuesday on a 3-2 vote.

Decker says 21 other states have minimum wages higher than Wisconsin's and 10 of those have inflation-based increases set to take place.

Republicans have traditionally fought efforts to raise the minimum wage. Democrats control the Senate while Republicans run the Assembly.

A variety of business groups oppose the bill.

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