Democratic Governor Tony Evers disclosed the state budget last week and it entails increasing the minimum wage gradually over the course of the next few years, according to a story in the Journal Times.
Since 2009, Wisconsin’s minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour. Evers’ budget proposal would increase it to $8.25 an hour on January 1, 2020, and eventually to $9 in 2021. Following these increases, it will increase by 75 cents each year for the following two years. Then it would grow annually at the rate of inflation.
Evers’ administration released some documents which indicated that these changes will enable minimum wage workers to earn almost $6 million more in 2020 and 2021.
The budget, which would still need approval from state Legislators, also includes a task force to create a plan to move forward toward a $15 per hour minimum wage.
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