Saturday, April 19, 2014

States Compete for Workers with Higher Minimum Wages.

Uh oh, "stuck in his conservative ways" Scott Walker might be behind the curve again with his old fashioned "work hard for less" ethic. 

Bribing Out-of-State Business is so Old Fashioned: States are now competing for...employees. A real curve ball for conservative type’s still blowing smoke about the virtues of working for nothing and supposedly paying your dues. Sorry guys, thanks to you, this is the new world of disposable jobs.

WEAU: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) signed a new minimum wage law raising wages to at least $9.50 an hour by 2016. With Wisconsin’s minimum at $7.25, there's some concern people may choose to move or work in Minnesota for a higher wage.

For border counties like Pepin, there's some question whether people making wages below $9.50 would drive or move for a bigger paycheck, and what that would do to businesses in Wisconsin.

David Klein is the store manager at Countryside Co-op in Pepin said (it) could get more competitive when Minnesota raises its minimum wage over the next three years.

There's also some concern people would move out of the state for higher pay. Some say Wisconsin will have to follow suit in the near future but that could mean fewer jobs or higher prices.

“You're going to need to be competitive, so therefore, if they're going to offer $9 an hour, then you need to be competitive and seriously look at that or at least make it close,” Pepin County Board Supervisor Jim Kraft said.

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