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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Walker over minimum wage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker that sought to force an increase in Wisconsin’s minimum wage.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Dane County Judge Rhonda Lanford dismissed the lawsuit. The liberal group Wisconsin Jobs Now had helped bring the suit against the Walker administration as part of an ongoing effort to force an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

The group and individual workers sought to use a little-known clause in Wisconsin law to raise the state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and pin Walker down on the issue during his 2014 re-election campaign.

Wisconsin Jobs spokeswoman Lisa Lucas says an appeal is unlikely. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice had no immediate comment.

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