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Minimum Wage: 5 Noteworthy Quotes in Heated Debate About Wisconsin's Minimum Wage

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Apr 2016 05:22 PM

Some state lawmakers in Wisconsin have joined workers asking for a minimum wage raise. However, as persistent as supporters are, opponents are equally dedicated, citing the possible effects on both business owners and consumers.

The following quotes demonstrate the passion and commitment of both those want to increase the minimum wage in Wisconsin and those who think it would be harmful.

1. “With a [higher minimum wage], we will have more economic prosperity, more job security.”
– Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, as quoted in the Badger Herald in April 2015. Sargent introduced a bill that would raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage from $7.25, which is the federal minimum wage, to $15 over a five-year period.

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2. “Any increase in Wisconsin’s minimum wage will not only add more stress on small businesses but will be passed on to hard-working consumers that are still attempting to economically recover from a very difficult time. Today’s proposal is short sighted, simplistic and misguided.”
– Bill Smith, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, also quoted by the Badger Herald.

3. “Wisconsin's minimum wage is a poverty-level wage. Raising it will increase the standard of living of hardworking Wisconsin workers and promote economic growth, create jobs and save taxpayers money.”
– Michael Rosen, economics instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College and president of the union representing faculty and staff, writing in an October 2014 opinion piece for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rosen was urging the public to vote yes on a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage.

4. "Most of the complainants who are arguing the minimum wage is not a living wage are making more than the minimum wage – up to $15.07 an hour.”
– John Dipko, spokesman for Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development, as quoted in October 2014 by Reuters. Dipko was referring to the lawsuit brought against the state by a labor group in an effort to force Gov. Scott Walker to raise the state’s minimum wage.

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5. “I am a hard-working man. It’s disgusting that these Republicans would rather force me to feed my son with food stamps instead of standing up to their corporate lobbyist friends.”
– Corneil White, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Gov. Walker, as quoted in July 2015 International Business Times.

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