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Members of the Wisconsin Jobs Now group, representing Fight For 15, which favors a $15 an hour minimum wage, march down E. Chicago St. shortly before entering the Summerfest grounds for Labor Fest in 2015.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers is trying to raise the minimum wage for state employees to $15 an hour.

Late Friday, the Democratic governor's administration sought approval for a compensation plan that would provide 2% raises for tens of thousands of government workers in January. They would get another 2% raise in January 2021. 

The raises would cost $84 million over two years, according to the administration. State taxpayers would be responsible for about $40 million of that cost, with the rest coming from other sources, such as aid from the federal government. 

Lawmakers approved the rough outlines of the pay schedule this summer as part of the budget, but a legislative committee must sign off on the detailed plan the administration released Friday.