Today in Green Bay, Citizen Action of Wisconsin joined State Representatives Eric Genrich and Gordon Hintz, local elected officials and community advocates to call for immediate action on raising the minimum wage. Assembly Bill 686 supported by Rep. Genrich and Hintz would increase Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $10.10 over two years. However, the bill has yet to receive a public hearing despite widespread public support.
"At a time when Governor Walker and legislative Republicans are focused on restricting the ability of our citizens to participate in the democratic process, we remain committed to expanding opportunities for all citizens to participate in our democracy and economy,” said Rep. Genrich. “A modest increase in the minimum wage to $10.10/hr will spur the economy, fight poverty and reduce the reliance on government assistance"
"This is about people – people who are working sometimes two or three jobs, but are still struggling to pay for a place to live, who are worried about how they’re going to feed their families, who can’t afford to provide school supplies for their children,” stated Brown County Supervisor Dan Robinson. “This is not an academic debate or some exercise of the imagination. These are real people with real struggles. We as a community say we want people to provide for themselves and for their families. A fair increase in the minimum wage creates an opportunity for more workers to do just that."
"It's simple. Any leader that believes in an honest day's pay for an honest day's work supports a $10.10 minimum wage," said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action Wisconsin.
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