NFIB/Wisconsin: Higher Federal Minimum Wage would be a Setback for Wisconsin

Date: April 29, 2014

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Madison (April 29, 2014)
The National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
today put US senators on notice
that their votes Wednesday on whether to raise the federal minimum wage by 37
percent will count heavily among small business owners in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin has worked very hard to
improve its business climate and create private sector jobs,” said NFIB State Director Bill G. Smith.  “The federal proposal, which would increase
costs for Wisconsin small businesses by 37 percent, would undermine what we’ve
been trying to do here.” 

NFIB
this morning sent a letter to the United States Senate notifying members that S-2223
will count as a Key Vote in the NFIB Voting Record for the 113th Congress.  The bill, entitled
the Minimum
Wage Fairness Act,
would increase the minimum wage to $10.10, increase
tipped wage, and permanently index it to inflation.

The
organization opposes the measure as a danger to small businesses that are least
able to absorb a big increase in the cost labor.

“Yet
again, lawmakers are targeting the nation’s economic engine – small business
owners – with an anti-employer agenda,” said NFIB Manager of Legislative Affairs Ashley Fingarson. “With
increases to health care costs, higher taxes, more costly regulations, and now
a dramatic minimum wage increase, small business owners simply can’t afford
another excessive government mandate. It
could not be clearer from
our studies and the recent Congressional Budget Office
report – raising the minimum wage will kill
jobs and stifle economic output.”

NFIB uses Key Votes each Congress to
rate members of Congress and the US Senate. The information is then compiled
and sent to each Congressional office at the end of the congressional session.  Lawmakers who vote with small business at
least 70 percent of the time are eligible for NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business
Award and potentially its endorsement for reelection.  The NFIB Voting Record also highlights
lawmakers who vote against small business on most key issues.

“A lot of elected officials talk
about supporting small businesses but their voting records sometimes tell a
different story,” said Smith.  “This is a very important issue for small
businesses in Wisconsin and we want
our senators to know that before they vote on Wednesday.”

 

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