Should the state minimum wage be indexed to inflation? With Labor Day just around the corner, Wausau Democrat, state Senator Russ Decker wants to do just that. "It goes seven, eight, ten years before the minimum wage is increased, and we think that's too long," said Decker. But Wayne Corey, Executive Director of Wisconsin Independent Businesses , says the current system of determining and implementing increases in the minimum hourly wage have served the state well. Work the numbers, says Corey, and you'll find that if the state had been indexing the minimum wage to inflation since 1990, it would be lower than it is today. The state's minimum wage was raised two years ago , from $5.70 an hour to $6.50. Decker's bill got a public hearing Tuesday at the Capitol.
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