County Executive Vetos Wage Ordinance

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele moved to veto a “living wage” ordinance requiring an $11.32 minimum hourly pay for county workers and employees of certain county contractors.

Abele then urged the County Board to sustain the veto, noting a warning from the county comptroller saying the wage ordinance could jeopardize the county’s Family Care program, the program employes 2,400 low-wage workers.

The care program provides in-home services to frail elderly and disabled people.

“Not only is that an unsustainable spending plan, it will also threaten our ability to maintain core services, including many of the safety-net services that benefit low-income workers,” Abele wrote.

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