Politics

Gov. Scott Walker Seeks To Reduce A Living Wage In Wisconsin

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will likely be seeking a presidential nomination from the Republican party, but he’s facing criticism over a new piece of legislation he crafted alongside of his fellow lawmakers. 

Walker has added provisions to the state’s budget proposal that would eliminate the term “living wage” from state law and replace it with “minimum wage.” While that may seem like a minor shift, it would have a significant impact on the state’s low-wage workers, some of whom are suing. They argue that the state’s minimum wage, $7.25, is not a living wage, the International Business Times reported.

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a living wage for a single adult in Wisconsin would be $10.13 per hour.

Under currently law, Wisconsin employers must pay a “living wage,” which is define as pay that offers “minimum comfort, decency, physical and moral well-being,” Salon reported.

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One of the plaintiffs, fast food worker and activist Cornell White, told Think Progress: “I am a hard working man. It’s disgusting that these Republicans would rather force me to feed my son with food stamps instead of standing up to their corporate lobbyist friends.”

Though Walker claims $7.25 an hour is livable, White disagrees. “They clearly they don’t believe their own argument since they are trying to repeal the law before they even know the outcome of the case,” he said.

Wisconsin is facing serious budget woes that could impact his presidential run, which hasn’t been officially announced.

Sources: Think Progress, MIT, Salon, International Business Times Image via Michael Vadon/Flickr