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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Rep. Pocan to Speak at SEIU’s Raise the Wage Rally

Oct 14, 2014
Press Release

MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) will speak this evening at SEIU’s Raise the Wage Rally on the State Capitol steps at 5:30 p.m. Rep. Pocan will join with hard-working Wisconsinites to demand Governor Scott Walker raise the minimum wage from $7.25.

“The minimum wage is woefully inadequate to help keep hard-working Wisconsinites out of poverty,” said Representative Mark Pocan. “That’s why I’m joining with workers to demand Gov. Walker give them a raise. Raising the minimum wage for 500,000 Wisconsinites would generate $500 million in increased economic activity in our state alone. This is commonsense economic policy, and as a small business owner, I also know it’s good business policy.”

On October 6, Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) responded to 100 minimum wage complaints Wisconsin Jobs Now (WJN) delivered on September 24. Despite affidavits from workers across Wisconsin demonstrating it is impossible to live on one job that pays Wisconsin’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage, the DWD “found no reasonable cause to believe that the wages paid to the complainants are not a living wage.”

The current minimum wage of $7.25 pays only $14,500 per year. A majority of minimum wage workers are women and the average worker who would get this raise is 35 years old. In 1968, the minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, was the equivalent of $10.74, more than $3 above today’s minimum wage of $7.25. Meanwhile, the top 1% in America has seen their incomes grow by 31% since 2009.