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NEW INFORMATION: GOP minimum wage bill all but dead in Wis. Senate

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's majority leader says a bill that would end minimum wage mandates for some local government workers and contractors is all but dead.

Madison, Dane County, Milwaukee and Milwaukee County require workers and contractors get a minimum wage. The Republican bill would invalidate such requirements as applied to workers paid with money that passes through the state.

The state Assembly passed the bill last month. The Senate's labor committee approved it Thursday, prompting a group of protesters to start chanting outside the hearing, calling the bill an attack on local control and their livelihoods.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said after the committee vote that a number of senators in his caucus have problems with the bill. He says the measure probably won't go any further.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A handful of protesters in the state Capitol are railing against a Republican bill that would end minimum wage mandates for some local government workers and contractors.

Madison, Dane County, Milwaukee and Milwaukee County have ordinances that require workers and contractors get a minimum wage. The bill would invalidate such ordinances as applied to workers paid with money that passes through the state.

The state Assembly passed the bill last month. The Senate's labor committee approved it Thursday, setting up a vote in the full Senate.

About 20 protesters organized by Wisconsin Jobs Now, a nonprofit that fights for income equality, attended the hearing. They started yelling "walk in our shoes!" as they left. They vowed to return with more people when the bill gets to the Senate floor.


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