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Poll: most Wisconsinites support higher minimum wage

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   While Republican officials and business leaders oppose a minimum wage increase, most of their Wisconsin brethren appear to be singing a different tune. According to U-W Milwaukee's quarterly economic scorecard, 52-percent of registered G-O-P voters favor some type of minimum wage hike. And so do 61-percent of voters with a business owner in their household.

Just over 400 Wisconsin adults were surveyed on the minimum wage from March 3rd through 7th. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 4.9-percent. Just over three-fourths of everyone surveyed by U-W-M supported some type of minimum wage hike -- and 57-percent support the proposed by state Democrats for $10.10 at hour, phased in over two years. The Democrats' bill has gone nowhere, and Governor Scott Walker has criticized his fall election challenger Mary Burke for supporting it.

Scott Manley of Wisconsin Manufacturers-and-Commerce re-iterated a national group's survey showing that Wisconsin would lose 27-thousand jobs with a 10.10-minimum wage -- much higher than the current minimum of seven-and-a-quarter.