Economics

Wisconsin Governor Walker Being Sued Over Minimum Wage!

The minimum wage in Wisconsin is 7.25 (which also happens to be the federal minimum wage) some liberals think that number is too low and so they’ve decided to sue Wisconsin’s Governor, Scott Walker (R-WI). Oddly enough, they haven’t sued the Obama administration for the federal minimum wage… but that’s probably just an oversight. We’ve been fighting this minimum wage battle for years and liberal still can’t get it through their thick skulls that raising the minimum wage will not help poor families. For a whole host of reasons… those reasons aren’t stopping one labor group from suing a Republican.


 

A labor group announced a lawsuit against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Monday in the hopes of forcing the state to raise the minimum wage.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Raise WI, argues that the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) didn’t adequately consider the concerns of about 100 workers who say the minimum wage is too low, the Greenwich Times reports.

minimum wageAdditionally, the lawsuit urges the judge to order Walker to set up a wage council to consider what would be an appropriate living wage.

The lawsuit says that at least four of the workers are homeless while others can’t afford heat, food or medical care.

John Dipko, spokesman for the DWD explained to the Greenwich Times that many of the workers who filed complaints already earn more than minimum wage.

Though he had not yet seen the lawsuit, Dipko said the department would decide what to do after receiving formal notice.

Walker dismissed the lawsuit, stating that it was nothing more than a “raw, cheap political stunt” filed a week before the election.

“If they were serious about this, they would have done it six months or a year ago,” Walker said during a campaign stop in Middleton, according to Greenwich Times. “The fact its being done now is nothing more than to augment the Washington, D.C., money being spent on attack ads to try and drive this issue up.”

“These underpaid workers who filed these complaints are not looking to get rich, they are not talking about wanting to, you know, buy a Lexus or invest in an offshore business in the Cayman Islands. What they are talking about is being able to afford basic needs,” Jennifer Addison, the executive director of the labor group Wisconsin Jobs Now, told the Greenwich Times.

Wisconsin Jobs Now is a partner of Raise WI.

Mary Burke, Walker’s Democratic challenger in next Tuesday’s election, supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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