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Democrats introduce bill to raise state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday to raise Wisconsin's minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over the next two years.  

However, the bill has no chance of passing unless some majority Republicans support it -- and so far, none have.  

Assembly Democrat Cory Mason of Racine says he's disappointed that nobody in the GOP has co-sponsored the measure. He says recent polls have shown that most Americans -- including Republicans -- support a higher minimum wage.  

Democrats brought Darrell Summers of Milwaukee to their State Capitol news conference. He said he gets $640 a month making minimum wage at Popeye's -- and all but $90 of that goes toward rent.

The 57-year-old Summers said he and his co-workers were all cut back to 28 hours a week last year.

The Democrats want to raise the state's minimum to $8.20 an hour now, $9.15 a year later, and $10.10 the year after that. Mason said around 600,000 Wisconsin workers would benefit once the wage hits $10.10.  

Earlier this month, Republican Governor Scott Walker told CNN he's against raising the minimum wage. He said it's an artificial increase that does nothing to create jobs. Walker said lawmakers should focus on job training instead.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)