Report on Minneapolis minimum wage recommends four year phase-in, no tip credit

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No tip credit. The Strib’s Adam Belz reports: “Minneapolis should establish a minimum wage of at least $12.49 per hour and phase it in over at least four years, making no exception for tipped workers such as servers or bartenders, according to recommendations from a long-awaited staff report on the issue, which will be reviewed Thursday by the City Council.”

Man, think what would happen if she got an undercooked burger. WCCO-TV reports, “Employees at a fast food restaurant in Coon Rapids say a woman sprayed them with Mace during a dispute over fresh french fries. … When police arrived, employees told them 25-year-old Eiram Chanel Amir Dixson came through the drive-thru, ordered food and asked that her french fries be fresh. During an ensuing argument, the employees said Dixson reached through the window. An employee then threw a soda at her.”

The Forum News Service editorial board is not a fan of taxing “charitable donations.” “It’s called charitable gaming because the tens of millions of dollars raised in Minnesota every year from raffles, bingo, and the sales of pull tabs help support Little League neighborhood baseball, scholarships, police dogs, local zoos, Animal Allies, youth football, food shelves, and other community needs and niceties. But Genny Hinnenkamp, the gambling manager for Irving Community Club, the largest charitable-gaming nonprofit in Duluth, has another name. ‘We are tax collectors for the state of Minnesota. … ’ Hard to argue with her when a whopping 72 percent of Irving’s charitable gaming profits goes in taxes and fees to state coffers.

Frank Jossi at Midwest Energy News tells his readers, “Minnesota regulators recently heard proposals from Xcel Energy to introduce a sophisticated new electric grid software platform and to build an energy storage system instead of a substation. … Utility Dive pointed to Minnesota as one of five leading states for grid modernization, citing both the commission’s work and that of a coalition of stakeholders known as the e21 Initiative.”

Entirely coincidentally. MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar says, “The jobs-energy omnibus bill passed by the Legislature contains several energy provisions that some stakeholder groups have opposed. Gov. Mark Dayton has not yet indicated whether he will sign it, though GOP leaders said they worked with the governor’s staff to find compromise language. Still, some groups, including clean energy advocate Fresh Energy, has asked Dayton to reject the latest version of the bill, saying it hurts rural energy customers and makes no real progress in moving Minnesota’s economy away from fossil fuels.” 

Barry Amundson of the Forum Service says, “Crews searched by boat and by air Monday for a man who ran toward a Mississippi River bluff after St. Paul officers pulled him over, according to the police department. Later on Monday, a body was found in the river, near the Ford Dam, but officials cautioned that it was too soon to say if the body was that of the fleeing motorist.” 

Are you ready for a deep dive into the Jacob Wetterling case? Kirsti Marohn at MPR writes, “The entire law enforcement investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling will be released to the public in two weeks. Stearns County announced Monday that the investigation will be available at 11 a.m. June 5. County staff and attorneys have been preparing for the release for months, including reviewing thousands of pages of documents, investigative reports and transcribed interviews. Personal information such as Social Security numbers and names of sexual assault victims had to be redacted. The case file is expected to provide more details into the 26-year investigation into Wetterling’s abduction.”

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