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Protesters rally to raise the minimum wage

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

Around 75 people rallied in Wausau today, pushing to raise the minimum wage. 

This was one of dozens of rallies across the county.

A group gathered at the Job Center parking lot, then marched over to Congressman Sean Duffy's Office, asking for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.

A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate earlier this year, calling to increase the rate from $7.25 an hour to $9.80.

Jasmin Voelz, a protester wanting the minimum wage to be raised, said, "You have a lot of people here that work very hard and are fighting to survive that just aren't making ends meet on minimum wage, and something needs to change."

Newsline 9 reached out to Congressman Duffy, who's currently in Washington D.C. His office released a statement:

"Rallies organized by professional protest groups playing gotcha politics are not going to stop Congressman Duffy from being the most open and transparent representative this District has ever had. When a minimum wage bill is brought to the floor of the House for a vote, he will consider it in its entirety and do what he always does – vote for what he feels is the best interests of all his constituents. These types of stunts really serve no purpose other than to prove that a professional protest group can chant really well." 

 

 

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