Local protest held in Madison as part of nationwide fight for $15 minimum wage
MADISON (WKOW) – A Madison state lawmaker has joined local residents in a national demonstration for a higher minimum wage.
People protested outside the McDonalds on Park St. in Madison on Tuesday because they want the state's minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour.
State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) joined them during their event. She introduced a bill in May that would gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour over a five-year timespan.
“And then it (the wage) would be indexed to inflation,” Sargent said, explaining the bill. “So that we would never find us in the same situation again, where all of a sudden people are not being paid what it is that they need in order to get ahead and take care of their families.”
Madison is one of 500 cities nationwide that planned protests.
The bill has yet to be put up for a vote in the Senate or Assembly.
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