Hodges opposes Minneapolis-only minimum-wage hike

MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Mayor Betsy Hodges

Disappointing news for advocates who are seeking a Minneapolis-specific $15/hr minimum wage: Mayor Betsy Hodges told the Star Tribune she’s opposed to the move. It’s not that she’s against raising the minimum wage generally — she just doesn’t believe Minneapolis should make the move on its own:

Hodges said she believes wage increases should occur on a broader level than individual cities. She said she backed Minnesota’s recent move to gradually increase the statewide minimum wage to $9.50 for employees of large businesses and $7.75 for small businesses.

“I want to be clear: I support, I believe that the minimum wage should be higher,” she said. “I believe it should be higher nationally, I believe it should be higher in the state.”

So, maybe no rise on the minimum wage for Minneapolis. But you know what Minneapolis is definitely going to get? More parklets! Look for the tiny green spaces to start popping up in parking spots around the city this spring. [Finance and Commerce]

Last night’s dusting of snow in the metro resulted in the usual havoc: KSTP reports 305 crashes in the area, caused by “deceptively slippery” roads.

But, again, at least we’re not Boston. [MPR’s NewsCut]

In other news…

CampusPride pulls UMD LGBTQ-friendly status over hockey-coach firing [CampusPride]

Another day, another development in Minneapolis. [WCCO]

N.D. House Republicans cancel prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday [Forum News]

The Audubon Center of the North Woods — a wildlife rehab center — is also one of Minnesota’s largest charter school authorizers. [ProPublica]

Suburbanites trained on coyote coping [MPR]

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 02/20/2015 - 02:13 pm.

    The Glean

    This section was my “go-to” section. Why is it shrinking – every day?

  2. Submitted by Jake Holman on 02/20/2015 - 03:07 pm.

    She’s admitting

    that if placed in a competitive environment, her city would lose to surrounding cities who choose to let market forces determine wages.

    Which reinforces the notion that leftist ideas can only be imposed on the people. If given the choice to opt out, the people will choose to leave. At least she didn’t propose a wall to keep the people in as others have done.

    • Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/20/2015 - 08:55 pm.

      Inteeresting notions

      “She’s admitting that if placed in a competitive environment, her city would lose to surrounding cities who choose to let market forces determine wages.”

      What does that mean? What, exactly, would Minneapolis “lose?”

      Market forces historically work to suppress wages. Should the Mayor – and other public officials – advocate for poverty instead?

      Democracy is s leftist idea. Was it imposed here in the United States? Since no one is required to remain in the United States, should we assume that you’re writing from a foreign country?

  3. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 02/20/2015 - 04:18 pm.

    What Campus Pride…

    needs to realize is that different does not mean special and that the members of the GLBT community should be subject to the same labor practices as the rest of us.

  4. Submitted by Joe Musich on 02/20/2015 - 10:07 pm.

    Hodges strike two …

    First public art cuts now lack of support for a minimum 15. Where did the Progressive go ? It is argued that the metro is the economic driving engine of the state and likewise MPLS is the driving engine of the metro. The mayor’s concerns about diversity issues are well placed but a minimum wage increase could be the most effective lever to drive wage increase throughout the metro.

  5. Submitted by Tim Peddy on 02/21/2015 - 05:41 am.

    Let the market dictate

    The last thing MPLS needs is government meddling. MPLS is bustling now and higher wages will result naturally. This move will only cause people to visit neighboring cities, stores, restaurants and options. It will also cause some businesses to fail. Some owners don’t make $15 an hour. Is that fair? This mentality assumes businesses are flush with cash and doesn’t consider some maybe struggling and unable to pass on the costs. It also considers all workers are equal. If they can find good workers why should they be forced – to limit pay to the better workers and have subsidize workers who haven’t brought or earned the skills, etc.

  6. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 02/21/2015 - 12:06 pm.

    The business world has been lowering the effective wages of American workers for the past decade[s], so that non-union wages will begin to approach the low levels they are at in the developing world. Part of their strategy is to destroy labor unions, too, in case one hadn’t noticed. Americans getting the minimum wage cannot live on it. Walmart, for example, was publicly embarrassed by the stories of their employees living off food shelf help and other charities.

    What Mayor Hodges could have done, instead of just giving up the battle, is be honest and complete: tell the whole sorry tale of how businesses like Target simply refuse to pay their floor and stockroom employees a livable wage. How wages have stagnated in part, because the much-weakened and much smaller labor unions don’t have that pleasant “echo” effect on other private-sector non-union workers who once benefited from union contracts’ wage and benefits standards.

    The Mayor had a chance to do both: not support a Minneapolis-only increase to a $15 minimum wage, and urge the entire metro area to get together and get to $15. She’s not a Humphrey-style fighter (Hubert would never have given up the rhetorical pro-increase ground).

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