Chain Store Age magazine recently posted a poll on their website asking readers if they supported raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
As of Saturday evening, CSA readers were split 51 to 49 percent in favor, and 13 states as of Dec. 23 were planning to raise their minimum wage thresholds, according to a story from The Huffington Post.
Wisconsin residents seem to be in favor of a hike, too. According to the results of the most recent Marquette University Law School poll, 62 percent of surveyed registered voters support a hike in the minimum wage even when respondents were reminded that some businesses might cut jobs.
Last month, Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, introduced Wisconsin’s Fair Minimum Wage Act. If the bill is signed into law, employees across the state would get an immediate boost to $8.20 per hour, rising gradually to $10.10 per hour. Mason was joined by 45 co-sponsors in both the Assembly and the Senate, none of whom are Republicans.
The State of Washington will have the highest minimum wage at $9.34 per hour, but several cities and counties are also planning to give the bottom hourly wage a boost including San Francisco, which is going up to $10.74. The State of Kentucky has a bill under consideration to raise workers’ wage threshold to $10.10 over three years, but there could be Republican push-back in the Senate while the Democratically controlled Kentucky House is almost sure to give its OK.
So, Racine County Eye, should Wisconsin also have a minimum wage of $10.10?