MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Some of Wisconsin's largest business associations say a nearly $3 increase in the state's minimum wage would cost the economy 27,000 jobs, citing recent polls and a study by a conservative Washington think tank.
Leaders from the groups said proposals by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 aren't popular with voters when they hear about the potential job loss.
Bill Smith, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says minimum wage increase proposals are "harmful to the very people they are trying to help."
Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, questioned the studies the groups cited. He says if people have more money to spend money it helps create jobs.
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