Democrats Try To Tack Amendments Onto Right-To-Work Bill

Senate Minority Leader Shilling Says Caucus Will Propose Minimum Wage Hikes, Increased School Funding


As lawmakers debate a right-to-work bill in the Senate on Wednesday, the Democratic caucus says they will try to change the bill in a number of ways.

Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling called the right-to-work legislation a “distraction” from the state’s lagging economy and a detriment to Wisconsin. As debate on the bill continues, Shilling said Democrats will introduce a number of amendments.

“We want to highlight the problems with this bill and offer positive alternatives to the Republican plan,” said Shilling.

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The proposed amendments include an effort to increase the state’s minimum wage and funding for high-poverty public schools. Democrats also want more funding for worker training programs in the state’s technical colleges.

Shilling didn’t say how many amendments they would offer, but that they would be “respectful of the process.”