Minimum Wage Rises in Several Other States – But Not Wisconsin
On the first day of 2012, eight states increased their minimum wages to adjust for inflation. More than a million minimum wage workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington will see an increase in their paychecks.
Minimum-wage workers in Wisconsin will get no such bump in their paychecks. That’s because Wisconsin does not have a law requiring that the state’s minimum wage keep up with inflation. As a result, the lowest-income workers in Wisconsin are falling further behind.
Wisconsin’s minimum wage has been frozen at $7.25 since 2009. With no adjustments for inflation, the annual purchasing power of a minimum wage worker in the state has decreased nearly 7 percent between 2009 and 2012. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, a full-time minimum wage worker in Wisconsin would earn an additional $1,070 in 2012.
Thousands of workers in Wisconsin work at the minimum wage – about 90,000 according to the latest count. An increase in the state’s minimum wage would help those workers support their families and make additional contributions to the state’s economy.