Milwaukee County committee approves "living wage" ordinance

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee County's Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee approved on Thursday, January 30th a "living wage" ordinance.

The proposal increases the minimum wage to 100 percent of the Federal Poverty line – currently at $11.33 – for employees of companies doing business with Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Steve Taylor condemned the vote. He said in a statement, “This well-intentioned but ill-conceived ordinance will have a disastrous effect on Milwaukee County’s ability to do business.”

But County Supervisor David Bowen supported the vote saying, “This was not only a brave thing to do, it was the right thing to do. There was much opposition to a living wage ordinance from the County Executive and others who said an increase in the federal or state minimum wage would be more appropriate. But those increases won’t happen."

The measure advances for consideration by the full County Board on Thursday, February 6th.

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