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Wisconsin's minimum wage remains among the lowest in the nationSubmitted: 01/02/2020
Peter Dubois
Peter Dubois
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pdubois@wjfw.com

Wisconsin's minimum wage remains among the lowest in the nation
WISCONSIN - Millions of America's lowest paid workers got a raise on Jan. 1 when 20 states raised their minimum wage. Wisconsin was not one of them. The last time the Badger State passed a similar law was more than a decade ago.

Golden Harvest market owner Timothy Conjurske doesn't think the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is enough. He says he typically starts new employees at $10 per hour.

"We've always had it as our policy to pay our employees as much as we could," said Conjurske.


Conjurske doesn't believe in the concept of minimum wage. He thinks it should be up to businesses to fairly pay their employees.

"If states raise their minimum wage higher than they should be, putting them above the labor market, all they're going to do is raise the price of goods along with it," said Conjurske. "That's not going to put anyone in a better situation."

There are local resources available to help people in the Northwoods find better paying jobs. The job center offers skills training and information on local jobs in high-demand.

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