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Union-influenced minimum wage law in Wisconsin could squash thousands of jobs

Sally Sprenger and her nearly 1,200 employees at Supportive Homecare Options Inc. could be out of work soon if a costly, Big Labor-boosting living wage proposal passes in Milwaukee County.

If approved, the ordinance, authored by Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen with help from Service Employees International Union officials, would impose salary increases on companies like Sprenger’s that provide contracted services for thousands of people through the county’s Department of Family Care.

The Family Care program, which gets a majority of its funding from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, assists close to 8,200 Medicaid-eligible residents who are elderly or have physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Those patients receive care for free or at reduced costs.

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