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Living Wage

2017 Wis. Act 327, effective April 18, 2018 limits the City of Madison's authority to mandate that contractors or recipients of City financial assistance pay a minimum wage. This change in law does not prevent contractors and recipients of financial assistance from voluntarily paying a living wage at the rates established on this page.

The information on this website applies to contracts signed before April 18, 2018.

This site will be updated as City procedures are modified in response to this change in state law.
Under the City's Living Wage Ordinance (MGO 4.20), employees working under certain City service and financial assistance contracts enacted after April 13, 1999 must be paid a City minimum wage. In general, the Ordinance applies to employers with City service contracts greater than $5,000 and/or recipients of City financial assistance greater than $100,000.


Please direct any questions to:

David Schmiedicke
Finance Department
(608) 267-8710
email