For Immediate Release
Monday, August 6, 2018
Contact: Brad Bainum, bradb@wisdems.org

Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir Oppose Minimum Wage Laws

While Nicholson indicates opposition to any minimum wage, Vukmir has led the charge to prevent minimum wage increases and to repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law.

MADISON -- Far from thinking that hardworking Wisconsinites deserve a raise, Republican U.S. Kevin Nicholson believes that there shouldn't be a federal or state-level minimum wage at all. 

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Nicholson doesn't just oppose raising the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage -- he's also "very wary" that there's any minimum wage at all:

Asked if he supports additional wage measures, Nicholson said, “I’m very wary of dictating to any kind of employer what their wages should be.”

Nicholson's opposition to minimum wage increases and the very concept of a minimum wage is ultimately unsurprising -- especially given that he's benefited from millions in TV ad spending courtesy of the Dick Uihlein-funded Club for Growth, a vociferous minimum wage critic.

But Nicholson isn't the only Republican U.S. Senate candidate who opposes minimum wage laws. Leah Vukmir is a national leader of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has campaigned against minimum wage increases and advocated for abolishing the federal minimum wage entirely. In Wisconsin's state legislature, Vukmir personally voted to block cities and towns from raising their local minimum wage, and she -- in her own words -- "led the charge" to repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law and lower Wisconsin working people's wages.