Protesters Chant Outside Wisconsin Committee

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A handful of protesters in the state Capitol are railing against a Republican bill that would end minimum wage mandates for some local government workers and contractors.

Madison, Dane County, Milwaukee and Milwaukee County have ordinances that require workers and contractors get a minimum wage. The bill would invalidate such ordinances as applied to workers paid with money that passes through the state.

The state Assembly passed the bill last month. The Senate's labor committee approved it Thursday, setting up a vote in the full Senate.

About 20 protesters organized by Wisconsin Jobs Now, a nonprofit that fights for income equality, attended the hearing. They started yelling "walk in our shoes!" as they left. They vowed to return with more people when the bill gets to the Senate floor.

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