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Eric Litke
By Eric Litke March 26, 2019

Budget proposal calls for increase to $8.25 an hour

On the campaign trail, Gov. Tony Evers said he supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, though he noted that would have to be phased in over multiple years.

Wisconsin's minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009. Evers' first budget took steps to raise that — albeit relatively small ones — by proposing an increase to $8.25 in 2020, 75 cents per year for three years after that and then growing at the rate of inflation,

The budget also sets up a task force to study how to move toward a $15 per hour minimum wage.

"Fifteen dollars is still the goal for all workers, but as the governor has always said, this will be phased in gradually," Melissa Baldauff, Evers deputy chief of staff, said in an email. "This approach makes a higher minimum wage manageable for employers, while also delivering broad benefits for Wisconsin's workforce."

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