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Racine Mayor Cory Mason proposes $15-an-hour minimum wage

Posted at 2:04 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 15:04:50-05

RACINE — In an effort to fight against poverty, Racine Mayor Cory Mason has proposed a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

According to the news release, fighting poverty is "one of Mason's top priorities." He announced the city will reach the increased minimum wage by the end of his first full term in 2023.

“Today, I am proud to announce that the City of Racine will pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour to city employees before the end of my first full term as Mayor,” Mason said in a news release.

However, in order to get to $15 an hour, the first step is getting to $10.10 an hour. This measure was recommended for approval by the full Common Council from the Finance and Personnel Committee last Monday.

"We know that in Racine, a family of four, with two working adults and two school age children, that both adults must be making at least $15 per hour to sustain their family. And while we have started to see some increases in wages around the community, I believe the City must practice what we preach. I know this will make the City a more attractive place to work and enable us to better recruit and retain employees for open positions,” Mason said in the news release.