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Finally! Minnesota passes bill to raise the minimum wage

 April 10, 2014

We challenged politicians, petitioned and rallied, and finally Minnesota legislators have agreed to gradually raise the state minimum wage over the next two years.

At $6.15 an hour, Minnesota had one of the lowest minimum wages in the country. But now, lawmakers have agreed to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 for most workers by 2016. This figure includes indexing, which will begin in 2018.

By August, workers will see an increase of $8 an hour! Additionally, workers employed by small businesses will see an increase of $7.25 an hour in 2015.

This is a huge step for working Minnesotans, and we couldn’t have done any of it without you. On behalf of the entire Working America family, thank you!

Take Action Now: Raise Minnesota's Minimum Wage

We're close to being able to raise Minnesota's minimum wage.

The Senate is currently debating raising the wage to $9.50. 

We need to make sure that Minnesota lawmakers do the right thing and support the $9.50 increase with indexing, that means as costs of goods goes, up so does the minimum wage.

Take Action Now and tell your State Legislators to raise the minimum wage!

Minnesota minimum wage hits a standstill

After proposing a $9.50 an hour minimum wage, legislators have been unable to decide whether or not the wage should gradually increase in future years.

Casting an even greyer cloud over the likelihood of an increase, Senate majority leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has said that if the wage does adjust on account of inflation, the bill will be null and void this session.

“It doesn’t look like we’re making a lot of progress,” Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, told his fellow lawmakers as they attempted to negotiate a minimum wage compromise on Wednesday, the Star Tribune reports.

But, there’s still hope. Some legislators are encouraging residents of Minnesota to get involved in order to raise the wage.

On his Twitter feed, Minimum Wage Challenge participant Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) encouraged people to get involved in the fight:

“If you live in Minnesota, and you care about a respectable minimum wage, you need to contact your state senator. Now. #RaiseTheWage.”

State Representative John Lesch documents his week living on minimum wage and the challenges he's facing. Read more >>>

Over the past week, five Minnesota lawmakers have taken the Working America Minimum Wage Challenge, calling attention to the struggles of low wage workers by living one week on a minimum wage budget. Read more >>>

When a snow storm slows down the state, minimum wage earners are hurt the most, having to scramble to find child care, or risk not going to work and earning a paycheck. Read more >>>

Minnesota State Rep. Karen Clark spends an evening trying to find affordable housing with a budget of just $375 a month. Can she do it? Read more >>>

All too often, political issues in Minnesota are presented as pitting the interests of the Twin Cities metro area against those of the rest of the state, also known as “Greater Minnesota. Read more >>>

State Representatives went grocery shopping today to see what they can afford on a normal minimum wage earner's budget of $5 a day. Read more >>>

Day 2: Dinner’s served—representatives go grocery shopping with their minimum wage earnings

February 19, 2014

Today is the second day of the Minnesota Minimum Wage Challenge, and the representatives are putting their budgets to good use.

Reps have $35 to spend on food for the week, and today they’ll head to local grocery stores to answer the question: Just how much food can one person afford on a $7.25-an-hour paycheck? You can follow their journey here.

The Minimum Wage Challenge is our effort to raise the minimum wage to a livable $9.50. Help us give hardworking Minnesota residents a much-needed pay increase by signing the petition here.

Five Minnesota politicians aren’t just talking the talk about raising the minimum wage, they are walking the walk too. Read more >>>

Starting today, Minnesota State Reps. Karen Clark (Minneapolis), Frank Hornstein (Minneapolis), John Lesch (St. Paul), Jason Metsa (Virginia), and Shannon Savick (Wells) are doing the unthinkable and pledging to live on the current $7.25 minimum wage for one week in order to push for a higher minimum wage of $9.50 an hour. Read more >>>

Rally to Raise the Minnesota Minimum Wage

Please join Working Minnesota and our coalition partners on the first day of legislative session to let our elected leaders know: Minnesota needs a raise!

Tuesday, February 25
4:00 p.m.

 

State Capitol Rotunda
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155

 

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