Faculty members comment on Stevens Point minimum wage referendum
Stevens Point Journal
By Sari Lesk

Jody Hurrish, 63, was trembling by the time she finished her testimony.

She had just finished telling the story of her adult life to Portage County's Finance Committee — her history of being in an abusive marriage, her slew of health problems and her battle with post traumatic stress disorder. She's unable to work, she said, and her only income is from Social Security. She uses food stamps to purchase the one meal she eats per day.

But she didn't say it for her own benefit...

...Ed Miller, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, said the pay scale at a business may compress at the bottom if the minimum wage increases, but most businesses are able to find ways to absorb the change.


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