ON-Lion Letter
Calls for an increase in the minimum wage would not help low-skill workers and would have a devastating impact on teen employment, according to a July report from the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in Madison, Wis.

"Teen unemployment in Wisconsin is already at incredibly high levels," said MacIver Institute president Brett Healy. "Forcing an increase in the minimum wage will put even more of them out of work and will have a negative ripple effect throughout the economy."

MacIver notes that since 2002, the minimum wage in Wisconsin has increased from $5.15/hr. to the current $7.25/hr.  Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for Wisconsin teens has increased from 15.5% to 19.8%, an increase of 27.7%. over the decade.

Making matters worse, the average number of hours worked by these young Wisconsinites first entering the workforce has declined from 12.9 hours per week to just eight.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the MacIver Institute.
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