Statement on County Board’s Wage Mandate
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released a statement today responding to the County Board’s consideration of a plan to mandate higher wages.
An analysis by the independent Comptroller found that the Supervisors’ plan could annually cost taxpayers $8.2 million by 2015, rising to $10.3 million by 2019.
“I agree with Supervisors that more needs to be done across the country to address poverty, but this goal should not come at a cost to Milwaukee’s competitiveness or taxpayers.
As the Comptroller’s analysis shows, this mandate will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and ultimately risks the County’s important safety net services that help the most vulnerable members of our community.
I invite Supervisors to consider broader action to address poverty that doesn’t undermine Milwaukee’s fragile economy, such as joining me and other Democratic leaders in pushing for an increase in the state and federal minimum wage.”
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