County Executive Chris Abele
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County Executive Abele Meets With White House Staff on ACA & Minimum Wage

In addition to raising the minimum wage, Abele is focused on closing the wage gap by helping people get back to work and into more skilled, higher paying jobs, through stronger economic development and jobs training.

By - Dec 19th, 2013 07:33 am

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is back home this morning after meeting in Washington D.C. with David Agnew, one of President Obama’s top advisors. Abele and Agnew talked about a number of topics important to people in Milwaukee County, including the Affordable Care Act, mental health care and an effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

“We all agree that hard working people deserve a fair wage and I am proud to join with the President and other democratic leaders in calling for this minimum wage increase,” said Abele. “Raising the minimum wage nationally allows us to address poverty and empower low income workers without damaging our fragile local economy.”

In addition to raising the minimum wage, Abele is focused on closing the wage gap by helping people get back to work and into more skilled, higher paying jobs, through stronger economic development and jobs training. Just this month Abele introduced a foreclosure initiative that will leverage other local and federal resources and will empower independent home ownership for people who wouldn’t be able to otherwise. The County Board will vote on that foreclosure program later today.

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