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Assembly Dems Propose Minimum Wage Boost To $10.10

'Economic Opportunity Agenda' Also Includes More Low-Income Tax Credits

Wisconsin state Capitol
DMichael Burns (CC-BY)

Assembly Democrats are backing an agenda that would raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage and increase tax credits for low-income families.

Among the bills pushed by state Dems is one that would index the Homestead Tax Credit for low-income families to the rate of inflation and another that would restore cuts to the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. A third would enact a $10.10 minimum wage.

Assistant Democratic Minority Leader Katrina Shankland said they’re all aimed at helping families get ahead.

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“Our economic opportunity agenda puts the people of our state first—the farmers, the small business owners and the hard workers who right now feel left behind,” said Shankland.

Other pieces of legislation backed by Assembly Democrats would expand rural broadband, create a new grant program for entrepreneurs and require the state and local governments to give preference to American-made products when purchasing materials. Democrats currently hold just 36 seats in the 99-member state Assembly, meaning any bills will need Republican support.