Now King, Powell, and Joe Lindstrom are suggesting that we lift them past poverty in the city of Madison.
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Less stress on city services, more money to the working poor, economic stimulus.
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Minimum wage in Madison would be $7.75/hour
9:59 PM 9/20/03
Dean Mosiman and Judy Newman Wisconsin State Journal
Madison could soon become the first city in the Midwest to set its own minimum wage.
Nearly everyone who works within city limits would have to be paid at least $7.75 an hour if a proposed referendum is successful.
But the change, which would put Madison in the company of only a handful of cities nationally, won't come easy. The referendum is likely to mean a fierce political and legal battle.
The "Madison Fair Wage Campaign," quietly forged in recent months by Ald. Austin King, former Ald. Tom Powell and activist Joe Lindstrom, is starting a petition drive Monday to collect about 12,800 signatures needed to put the proposal before voters on Feb. 17, which coincides with the Democratic presidential primary.
The coalition has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Monday at the City-County Building.
The proposed $7.75 minimum wage, 50 percent higher than the federal minimum wage of $5.15 and 14 percent higher than the $6.80 state minimum wage called for by Gov. Jim Doyle, is specifically tied to the high cost of living in Madison, Powell and the others said.
Even Doyle's proposal would only raise earnings to the federal poverty level for a family of two to three people.
"Are we content in Madison to say our minimum standard is abject poverty," Powell said.
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