Milwaukee Biz Blog: Minimum wage debate reaches Milwaukee

A roundtable discussion hosted Wednesday by Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Seth Harris at Hunger Task Force’s office exposed the day-to-day struggles of Milwaukeeans working to support themselves and their families on minimum wage – struggles in paying bills, funding transportation, covering rent and affording prescriptions among other necessities.


Harris’ stop in Milwaukee was part of a national tour focused on learning how an increase in minimum wage would impact workers and their families, in line with President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise minimum wage rates across the country.

However, critics contend that raising the minimum wage will raise the costs of labor and reduce employment opportunities for the very people it is intended to help.

Read more about the debate in Thursday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes reporter Erica Breunlin.

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