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Gov. Walker slams Democratic efforts to raise minimum wage

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - New efforts to raise Wisconsin's minimum wage were slammed Thursday in a speech by Governor Scott Walker.

The Republican Walker brought up the subject to a friendly audience of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, which also opposes a higher minimum. He said it was nothing but a "misguided political stunt" that would, "put a buzz saw on the economic recovery we've seen in this state."

Representative Cory Mason of Racine and other Democratic lawmakers have sponsored a bill for a staggered increase in the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over two years.

Democrat Mary Burke, Walker's election challenger, said she supports a more modest 35-cent increase to $7.60.

The governor told reporters it's a, "political grandstanding stunt" from people who claim they're helping workers when they're really not.

Mason said that if Walker's really that out of touch with people struggling to get by, he shouldn't be governor.

Majority Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature are tying up the bill in a committee.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)