Milwaukee County Executive, Supervisor propose $15 an hour ‘living wage’

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New Milwaukee County Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson and County Executive Chris Abele made separate announcements Wednesday to propose the county take several steps to reach a $15 an hour ‘living wage’ by at least the year 2022.

Both proposals have the same goal but different methods to get there. Executive Abele’s proposal will have the county at a $15 an hour ‘living wage’ by the year 2021 and Supervisor Nicholson by 2022.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and several County Board supervisors in separate announcements Wednesday released proposals forĀ a $15 per hour minimum wage for county employees and workers of contractors hired by the county.

Both plans reach the $15 wage goal in small steps over several years beginning with the 2016 county minimum of $11.68 an hour.

Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson said her proposed change to the county’s living wage ordinance would increase the hourly minimum to $12.25 on Jan. 1, 2017, then boost it to $13 for 2018, with increases of $0.50 an hour each subsequent year until reaching $15 on Jan. 1, 2022.

For more on these proposals, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.