Scott Walker: I Don’t Think Minimum Wage ‘Serves A Purpose’

Gov. Scott Walker debates Democratic challenger Mary Burke at Mayo Clinic Health Systems auditorium in Eau Claire, Wis., on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Marisa Wojcik)
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) seemed to argue that the minimum wage doesn’t “serve a purpose.”

The topic came up during an interview with an editorial board on on Tuesday.

“Well I’m not going to repeal it but I don’t think it serves a purpose because we’re debating then about what the lowest levels are at,” Walker said during a televised interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I want people to make — like I said the other night — two or three times that.”

Walker went on to say that the policies his administration has been pushing are meant to raise Wisconsinites above the minimum wage level.

“The jobs I have focused on, the training we’ve put in place, the programs we’ve put in place is not for people to get minimum wage jobs,” Walker continued. “It’s the training whether it’s in apprenticeships, whether it’s in our tech colleges, or our UW system —it’s to try and apply the training, the skills, the talents, the expertise people need to create careers that pay many many times over.”

That comment came less than a week after Walker was asked at a debate on Friday about the minimum wage. He refused to give a straight answer on whether it should be increased and instead said that he wanted to create “jobs that pay two or three times the minimum wage.”

Walker’s opponent, Democratic candidate Mary Burke, meanwhile said she strongly supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The TPM Polltracker average finds Walker leading Burke by 1.6 points.

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