UpFront: Guv candidate Burke backs hike in minimum wage

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke said she supports raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and downplayed concerns making the move would hurt businesses.

The Republican governor has expressed concern about a Dem proposal to increase the minimum wage, calling the idea a job killer and saying it would take a “buzzsaw” to Wisconsin’s economic recovery.

But Burke said on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha” she’s been talking to business leaders around the state who say they support an increase. She added research has shown no impact on the unemployment rate in states with a higher rate than the federal minimum wage, which is now $7.25 an hour.

She also said Walker opposing the hike helps prevent people from getting off government assistance.

“We have to make sure that people can support themselves, and do it in a way that doesn’t have to make them dependent on government programs,” Burke said on the show, produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

See video of Burke’s appearance