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Milwaukee County considers advisory referendum on minimum wage

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Milwaukee County could join others around the state in holding November advisory referendums on whether Wisconsin should raise its minimum wage. The Milwaukee County Board voted yesterday to put the minimum wage issue on the November ballot -- along with two other advisory referendums on using federal funds to expand Badger-Care and allowing the state's largest county to have an appointed administrator.

County Executive Chris Abele said he would veto all three referendums, saying they cost too much and the board would do better by simply passing resolutions. Supervisors could then consider overriding the vetos.

The Raise Wisconsin coalition is trying to get counties and cities throughout the state to hold minimum wage referendums. They said it would send a message to state Republicans who refuse to consider a proposed hike from $7.25-an-hour to $10.10.

The Dane County Board okayed a referendum this week.

Eau Claire and Kenosha counties also have the issue on their November ballots.

Raise Wisconsin has also filed papers for municipal referendums in Neenah and Menasha. Those requests are still pending.