Barrett signs residency-based employee wage increase

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by Katie Hustad

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signed the residency-based employee wage increase on July 29th. The new law blocks pay raises for city employees who live outside the City of Milwaukee.

The new ordinance states that city employees would be eligible for a 1.5% pay boost, however if a city employee establishes residency outside of Milwaukee the person would be ineligible for the increase.

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee County Council approved the measure with a vote of 14-1 vote. Alderman Bob Donovan was the only no vote.

This is the latest chapter in the city's battle against a state law ending residency rules for all local units of government. 

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