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Milwaukee County exec against holding min wage, two other non-binding referendums

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's largest county might not join others in giving voters a say on raising the state's minimum wage.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is against holding non-binding referendums for November on the minimum wage and two other issues. That's after the county comptroller said it would cost up to $120,000 to put the items on the ballot and tally all the votes.

The County Board will decide Thursday whether to include advisory referendums calling for a jump in Wisconsin's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, to expand federal funds for BadgerCare, and to let counties appoint their executives instead of electing them.

Abele says he favors the higher minimum wage and more money for BadgerCare -- but he believes the board can simply pass resolutions to show the county's support. He says the cost of the referendums can be used for better things -- like giving more meals to homebound seniors.

There's already one advisory referendum on the Milwaukee County ballot for November. It asks voters whether the Citizens United Supreme Court decision should be nullified, to again prohibit corporations from spending money on election campaigns.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)