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Thursday, February 20, 2014

 11:17 PM 

Living wage bill passes

The Assembly voted 56-37 to pass the bill preempting local living wage ordinances.

GOP Rep. John Klenke of Green Bay countered Dem criticism of the bill, saying the measure in fact embraces local control.

“If it comes out of your pocket, you can do whatever you want,” Klenke said.

Speaker Robin Vos, meanwhile, argued the bill isn't about local control, but rather about the ability of local officials to pass increased labor costs onto the state.

"They can't automatically inflate the state of Wisconsin's costs, because that's what's happening all across the state of Wisconsin today," said Vos, R-Rochester.

Dems, meanwhile, fired back that Republicans had restricted local officials' ability to raise the revenue needed to fund their own projects with living wage standards.

“I don’t see how you can claim that you are really the conservatives that represent the conservative philosophy of limited government,” said Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee.

"This bill doesn't let local communities do what's best for their constituents," added Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison.


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