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Raising state's minimum wage will be pushed by Assembly Democrats


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Assembly Democrats are planning on forcing a vote Tuesday on a bill that would increase the minimum wage in Wisconsin.

Oshkosh Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz says it'll help spur economic growth.

"We've really seen consumer demand diminished and as more and more people find themselves in low wage jobs, we think this can be a real benefit to working families," says Hintz. "And a real benefit to the economy overall as we put money back in people's pockets."

Hintz says popular opinion in the Badger State shows a support for a higher minimum wage, which under their plan, would grow it to $10.10 an hour incrementally. He also has a message for critics who say that raising the minimum wage would cost jobs.

"There are states and there are cities that have minimum wage well above the federal minimum wage and the impact on employment has been little to nothing," says Hintz.

There are just two days remaining in this legislative session for the Assembly, Tuesday and Thursday. So Hintz says if the clock runs out on them, he'll urge Governor Scott Walker to hold a special session on this proposal.