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Protesters support "living wage" minimums at State Capitol

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Protesters returned to the State Capitol Thursday morning -- this time to speak up for local government workers who get so-called "living wage" minimums of $11 an hour.

The state Senate's Labor Committee endorsed a bill to ban those living wages whenever state and federal aid covers the costs.

A protest was organized by the "Wisconsin Jobs Now" group. About 20 people attended the committee meeting and they chanted, "Walk in our shoes" as they left. They also vowed to return with more protesters, when the full Senate takes up the measure.

The Assembly passed it last month.

The bill's supporters said taxpayers throughout Wisconsin should not have to pay the tab for local officials who choose to pay their employees and contractors more than the minimum.

Right now, the cities of Milwaukee and Madison have living wages ordinances, along with Dane County. A similar plan is pending in Milwaukee County.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)