The Wisconsin state Assembly approved a bill 56 to 37 Thursday eliminating local living wage mandates for Madison and Milwaukee workers.
Assembly Bill 750, introduced by Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, overrides local mandates setting a living wage for government workers and contractors and prohibits residency requirements for laborers, workers, mechanics and truck drivers working on local projects for the public.
Living wage is defined as pay high enough for employees to support themselves.
Wisconsin law currently prevents city officials from creating a local living wage mandate unless the employee works for the county or city, works under contract for the city or is funded by financial assistance from the city. The bill eliminates this exemption.