Francis may be the highest-profile advocate for economic justice but there are
millions of workers across the country who support an increase in the minimum
wage. Mainstream economists have shown that increasing the minimum wage will
stimulate the economy, since low-wage workers will spend virtually every dollar
they earn just to pay for the bare essentials.
As part of the Obama administration’s push to raise
the minimum wage to $9 by the end of 2015, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris
stopped in Milwaukee last week to hear the stories of low-wage workers who,
In the late 1980s, Wisconsin was ranked as the fifth most equal state in income distribution. Since then, the state has dropped to 11th, and the gap continues to widen, according to the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF).