Minimum Wage Rises in Several Other States – But Not Wisconsin

Monday, January 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM by

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.

Tamarine Cornelius

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