Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Press Release

Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir Oppose Minimum Wage Laws

While Nicholson indicates opposition to any minimum wage, Vukmir has led the charge to prevent minimum wage increases and to repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law.

By - Aug 6th, 2018 03:49 pm
Kevin Nicholson and Sen. Leah Vukmir.

Kevin Nicholson and Sen. Leah Vukmir.

MADISON — Far from thinking that hardworking Wisconsinites deserve a raise, Republican U.S. Kevin Nicholson believes that there shouldn’t be a federal or state-level minimum wage at all.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Nicholson doesn’t just oppose raising the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage — he’s also “very wary” that there’s any minimum wage at all:

Asked if he supports additional wage measures, Nicholson said, “I’m very wary of dictating to any kind of employer what their wages should be.”

Nicholson’s opposition to minimum wage increases and the very concept of a minimum wage is ultimately unsurprising — especially given that he’s benefited from millions in TV ad spending courtesy of the Dick Uihlein-funded Club for Growth, a vociferous minimum wage critic.

But Nicholson isn’t the only Republican U.S. Senate candidate who opposes minimum wage laws. Leah Vukmir is a national leader of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has campaigned against minimum wage increases and advocated for abolishing the federal minimum wage entirely. In Wisconsin’s state legislature, Vukmir personally voted to block cities and towns from raising their local minimum wage, and she — in her own words — “led the charge” to repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law and lower Wisconsin working people’s wages.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by Democratic Party of Wisconsin

DPW Statement on Appointment of Brad Schimel to Waukesha County Circuit Court

"Wisconsinites overwhelmingly want their courts to be independent, but Scott Walker has nonetheless appointed a highly partisan Republican to the job."

DPW Statement on Republicans’ Latest Attempt to Eviscerate Checks and Balances

"Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald want to put their thumbs on the scale and manipulate an election that won't happen for over a year."

Kleefisch Says Walker Administration “Can’t Guarantee” What Will Be in State Level Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

Kleefisch: “I can’t guarantee what the Senate will pass and the Assembly will pass...”

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us