UPDATE: Walker criticizes Burke on minimum wage

UPDATED Wednesday, February 5, 2014 --- 10:56 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says his Democratic challenger Mary Burke is calling for increasing the minimum wage because she has no job-creation plan.

Walker said Wednesday that the best way to increase wages in Wisconsin is to help employers create more jobs that pay far higher than the minimum wage. Walker says that's been his approach.

Walker opposes raising the minimum wage and last month said those are advocating for that are just engaging in "political grandstanding."

Burke on Sunday came out in support of raising state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

Walker says the only reason Burke is talking about that is because she doesn't have a jobs plan.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014 --- 6:32 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says she would support raising Wisconsin's minimum wage up to as much as $10.10 an hour.

Burke made the comments in an interview that aired Sunday on "UpFront with Mike Gousha."

The state's minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.

Burke's stance puts her at odds with Republican Gov. Scott Walker. He has spoken out against legislation that would gradually raise the state's minimum wage. The bills are in committees in both chambers, which are controlled by Republicans.

Burke had earlier said she favored a smaller increase of about 35 cents an hour. But on Sunday she endorsed the larger, phased increase to $10.10 proposed by Democrats.

She says increasing the minimum wage would lead to people being able to support themselves.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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