U.S. Labor Secretary Perez to visit St. Paul and Minneapolis Friday

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez comes to the Twin Cities Friday with events in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

In St.Paul, he’ll join Mayor Chris Coleman in the morning to bring attention to the national Youth CareerConnect program that’s designed to better prepare students for the work force.

They’ll talk about a partnership between St.Paul School District and St. Paul College, which will use a $3.7 million grant to develop career academies in finance and information technology, starting next year.

In the afternoon, he heads west to Minneapolis, where he’ll be at Chuck & Don’s pet supply store on Lake Street to promote an increase in the federal minimum wage. Minnesota has already raised the minimum wage — up to $9.50 an hour by 2016 — and President Obama wants Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and index it to inflation.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Congressman Keith Ellison are scheduled to join him for the media availability.

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  1. Submitted by Rebecca Wentz on 05/15/2014 - 07:09 pm.

    secretary of labor visiting mn

    I would love to have just 10 minutes to talk to this person about what is really going on in this state. a subject that directly effects hundreds of minnesotans. Minnesota decided last oct that because there is job growth in the state that all able bodied adults without children register with the food stamp training program or prove other exemptions. I still have the letter and the handout given me by the county. I have been unemployed for 5 years not that I haven’t been looking mind you there were extenuating circumstances anyways I achieved my ged in early dec last year and right away enrolled in a 6 month human services class and the American Indian OIC/School of Business one of the exemptions on the list was to be a full time student which I am so I should have gotten my snap benefits back but that is not the case I was also informed that even though we met those exemptions our 3 months out of 36 were up even for those who attended the food stamp training program if we don’t have children in our home we get nothing when I proved I am a full time student I was told that the exemption only counted if we received a specific federal grant. I am currently writing a petition to be passed around and signed by ALL those this effects so don’t let gov Dayton fool you we are not informed properly and the poor who are trying to what they need to get proper employment are doing so without being able to feed ourselves there are a lot of middle age men and women out there who need re training or better education to attain a job these days and for those of us who are using the system as a stepping stone are getting thrown under the bus at every turn and I would like to get our story out there because we are being lied to and mislead just because we don’t have kids in our home doesn’t mean that we should get nothing especially since the jobs that have been created require a college education life experience does not count these days

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