The Wisconsin Restaurant Associate released a study on Wednesday stating raising the state's minimum wage would costs jobs.
Right now, the state's minimum wage matches that of the federal limit at $7.25/hour. If the proposed raise is passed, minimum wage would bump up to $10.10/hour.
The WRA's study conducted by labor economist Dr. David Macpherson, projected 16,500 Wisconsin jobs, with 9,200 of those being held by women, to be eliminated if legislation passes.
“As our state’s economy begins stabilizing and adding jobs, now is not the time to prevent hiring and squeeze business owners’ already razor-thin bottom lines,” said Ed Lump, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Mary Burke, said not raising it will keep workers dependent on government support.
"We can't expect that people making $7.25 an hour who are working hard are able to support themselves without that government assistance. I want to make sure that people who work hard and they work full time, they can support themselves and have that pride of work," she said.
Governor Scott Walker is against the raise and said it will mean fewer jobs for young people starting out in the workforce.
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