Urban Milwaukee cites a report in the Wisconsin Biz Journal that says Wisconsin’s deal with the Foxconn corporation will allow the tech firm to pay 93 percent of its employees less than $15 an hour. This, despite boasts from the Walker administration that the workforce would average more than $53,000 per year.
Gov. Scott Walker likes to ding Illinois for its fiscal woes. But you don’t hear him saying much about Minnesota. A new report suggests a reason: Minnesota, whose progressive Democrat governor was elected the same year as Walker, has been outperforming Wisconsin in jobs, wages, health insurance, poverty and other factors. > Cap Times
State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout campaigned in Reedsburg last week. Representing western Wisconsin’s 31st district, Vinehout aims to expand affordable healthcare, make tuition free at tech colleges and two year campuses, raise wages and provide alternatives to incarceration for those suffering from addiction and mental illness. > Juneau County Star-Times
Thousands of state workers, including UW System employees, will see raises over the next two years under a new compensation plan a legislative committee approved Wednesday. > AP News
A new state-by-state analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Wisconsin experienced the biggest decline in middle-class households in the country between the years 2000 and 2013, as well as saw a 14 percent decline in median household income. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn vowed Friday at a campaign stop in Eau Claire to undo several of Gov. Scott Walker’s signature policies if he can emerge from a crowded field of Democrats and topple the two-term governor. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
The cities of Madison and Milwaukee are lobbying against a bill that would prohibit local governments from enforcing their own employment ordinances related to discrimination, hours, wages and benefits. Assembly lawmakers are set to hear public testimony on the proposal today. > Cap Times