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Democrats call for hearing on increasing state minimum wage

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are asking Republicans to hold a public hearing on a bill to increase the state minimum wage.

Twenty-six Democrats sent the written request Tuesday, including possible gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.

The bill, introduced in January, would increase the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.60 an hour, and then have it go up automatically based on inflation.

President Barack Obama and Democrats nationally have recently called for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Republicans control both houses of the Wisconsin legislature, and State Sen. Glenn Grothman says he doesn't support the bill. He says a higher minimum wage won't help his goal of finding more entry level jobs for teenagers. Grothman chairs the Judiciary and Labor Committee.

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