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Mary Burke: Minimum wage hike wouldn't affect Trek Bicycle

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says an increase in the state's minimum wage would not affect her family's bicycle business.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked the former Trek Bicycle executive Monday about conservative claims that a minimum wage hike would affect her family's company.

She said workers at the Trek Bicycle plant in Waterloo make more than the state's minimum of $7.25 an hour. Burke said it's "ridiculous" to expect employees to support themselves for that much.

In her words, "It ensures they are dependent on the government."

Burke favors a proposed hike in the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Governor Scott Walker and other Republicans say jobs would be lost if the minimum wage goes up.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)