With a state law requiring Wisconsinites a living wage, we thought we had Scott Walker on this one. Guess again.
jsonline: State law requires that Wisconsin's minimum wage "shall not be less than a living wage." The liberal Wisconsin Jobs Now and 100 workers had sought to use the little-known clause in state law to raise the state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or at least force Walker, a Republican, to publicly oppose such a move just a month before the Nov. 4 election.
Amazingly, Walker doesn't just oppose enforcing the law, he used government aid, taxpayer assistance, to prove his point. Hey, isn't that’s the same government aid he’s trying to cut right now?
Gov. Scott Walker's administration has denied a complaint by a labor group seeking to force an increase in Wisconsin's minimum wage. The state Department of Workforce Development said it considered those factors as well as others, such as that some of the complainants make more than minimum wage, receive public aid and brought up items beyond their basic needs. "The department has determined that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the wages paid to the complainants are not a living wage," Robert Rodriguez, administrator of DWD's Equal Rights Division, wrote in the denial letter.
That drew an immediate rebuke from Wisconsin Jobs Now: "…for the governor to brazenly say to the working families of Wisconsin that $7.25 an hour is enough to sustain themselves is not only misguided, it is incredibly ignorant and willfully obtuse," the group said in a statement.