Milwaukee County Board votes to approve $15/hour minimum wage

Posted at 6:34 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 13:25:27-04

The Milwaukee County Board voted to approve a higher minimum wage Thursday for county workers and contractors.

The proposal called for a raise in Milwaukee County's "Living Wage Ordinance" to $15 an hour.

The measure is expected to be signed into law by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. It had already passed the Finance and Audit Committee unanimously. 

For the last two years, the ordinance has used a formula to set the minimum wage for county workers and contractors. This year, that comes out to $11.68 an hour

The proposed increase would set the minimum wage at $15 an hour by 2021. After that, the minimum wage would rise at the rate of inflation. The proposal would apply to county employees and those contracted to do business with the county.