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UPDATE: GOP minimum wage bill all but dead in Wis. Senate

UPDATED Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 12:42 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's majority leader says a bill that would end minimum wage mandates for some local government workers and contractors is all but dead.

Madison, Dane County, Milwaukee and Milwaukee County require workers and contractors get a minimum wage. The Republican bill would invalidate such requirements as applied to workers paid with money that passes through the state.

The state Assembly passed the bill last month. The Senate's labor committee approved it Thursday, prompting a group of protesters to start chanting outside the hearing, calling the bill an attack on local control and their livelihoods.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said after the committee vote that a number of senators in his caucus have problems with the bill. He says the measure probably won't go any further.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 10:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A handful of protesters in the state Capitol are railing against a Republican bill that would end minimum wage mandates for some local government workers and contractors.

Madison, Dane County, Milwaukee and Milwaukee County have ordinances that require workers and contractors get a minimum wage. The bill would invalidate such ordinances as applied to workers paid with money that passes through the state.

The state Assembly passed the bill last month. The Senate's labor committee approved it Thursday, setting up a vote in the full Senate.

About 20 protesters organized by Wisconsin Jobs Now, a nonprofit that fights for income equality, attended the hearing. They started yelling "walk in our shoes!" as they left. They vowed to return with more people when the bill gets to the Senate floor.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, February 21, 2014 --- 6:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans have approved a bill ending minimum wage mandates for local government workers and contractors in Madison and Milwaukee.

Wisconsin law prohibits local governments from enacting living wage ordinances. The prohibition doesn't apply to government workers and contractors, however.

Madison, Dane County, Milwaukee and Milwaukee County have ordinances that require workers and contractors get a minimum wage. Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga's bill would invalidate such ordinances as applied to employees and contractors paid with state or federal money that passes through the state.

The bill also would invalidate local residency requirements for contractors paid with state or federal money.

Democrats ripped the bill as an attack on local control during debate Thursday, but the Assembly still passed the measure 56-37. It goes next to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 10:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would end minimum wage mandates for local government workers and contractors paid with state or federal money.

State law prohibits local governments from enacting living wage ordinances. The prohibition doesn't apply to government workers and contractors, however.

Madison, Dane County and Milwaukee County have ordinances that require their workers and contractors to be paid a minimum wage. Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga's bill would invalidate such ordinances as applied to employees and contractors paid with state money or federal money that passes through the state.

The bill also would invalidate local residency requirements for contractors paid with state or federal money.

The Assembly is expected to vote on the bill Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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