Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said in an ABC interview Saturday she supports President Barack Obama’s plans to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour “over time.”
“I think we have to do it in a way that makes sure we are not hurting job creation, but I have been talking to businesses all over the state who say they support [raising the minimum wage],” Burke said in the interview.
Burke said she supports a proposal to raise minimum wage in three segments of 95 cents each. She added that research shows states raising wages above the federal minimum wage have seen “absolutely no impact” on unemployment rates.
“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 in the interview. “I think increasing the minimum wage leads to people being able to support themselves and their families.”