RH Reality Check, By Nina Liss-Schultz, July 15
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday signed into law a $72.7 billion two-year state budget that kills the state’s living wage law and takes away workers’ right to a weekend.
Walker’s latest austerity measures came just hours before he officially became a contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Wisconsin law required that the state’s minimum wage “not be less than a living wage.” Last fall, workers filed a lawsuit arguing that the state’s $7.25 hourly minimum wage did not constitute a living wage. But Walker’s budget stripped the language “living wage” from the law, nullifying the court battle and making wage increases more difficult for people who work.
Walker, in his first interview since announcing his candidacy, challenged the mere existence of a minimum wage.
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