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Wisconsin proposal would hike minimum wage above $10

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Madison (WQOW) - Saying there's a groundswell of support across the country, a group of Wisconsin lawmakers calls for an increase to the minimum wage. 

The state's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, which is where it's been for almost five years.  A new bill would raise it to $10.10 per hour.  If the bill is approved, the minimum would bump to $8.20 immediately and then to $10.10 two years later. 

Someone working full-time at the current minimum wage makes about $15,000 a year.  That's slightly less than the poverty level for a family of two.  The group of lawmakers introducing the bill is led by Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine).  He says 600,000 Wisconsin workers would be affected.

Mason has introduced legislation to boost the minimum wage three times in the past.  All three have failed, including the last effort, which would've raised it to $7.60  Eau Claire's Own News 18 asked him if he was aiming high with this plan in hopes of a compromise.  Mason said, "No,"  and pointed to a recent Gallup survey that showed 76% of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage.

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