Hourly wage-earner Nunez joined others in the effort to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour and help legislators understand what it’s like to live on less.
Without indexing, low-wage workers will soon see their wages erode.
A Minnesota Without Poverty, a college student who grew up in poverty and a 17-year-old choreographer organize a flash mob at the Capitol.
Grocers, restaurateurs, small-business owners and lobbyists are asking lawmakers to consider everything from training wages to some form of a tip credit.
The issue will be a focus of the 2014 legislative session for Democrats, with a quick push to pass the measure and avoid last year’s end-of-session politics.
It has become clear that even with a DFL governor and DFL control of the House that Bakk will take the Senate in its own, likely more moderate, direction.
The real question is how many asterisks and exceptions will be hanging from the final law.
WASHINGTON — Disputing the report’s jobs assessment is critical for Democrats who want to try moving a minimum wage increase through Congress this year.
The group members will assume they earn only $7.25 an hour, then set a budget, go shopping and try to find housing.
WASHINGTON — The Senate could vote on a wage hike this month, but if recent political history is a guide, action is more likely in St. Paul than Washington.
Betsy Hodges and Chris Coleman said they and other mayors around the state will urge the Legislature to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour.
WASHINGTON — Obama will use an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, something long pushed by Ellison and others.
WASHINGTON — The State of the Union will kick off a year of politicking sure to be filled with it.
Washington, with a diverse economy and educated workforce a lot like ours, has the nation’s highest minimum wage — and is going strong.
“It’s a good thing to do, it’s a good thing for the state, and it’s a good thing for the economy,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges on Wednesday.
A big increase in the minimum wage is not only a good idea, it’s also excellent politics.
Life could be different for Darcy Landau if the Minnesota Legislature had agreed this year to raise the minimum wage.
In the end, 26 protesters were arrested by the St. Paul Police for civil disobedience, while Walmart reported record sales.
Let’s also try to set a clear floor with a livable wage and then let the business models adjust to that.
People are struggling in this anemic economic recovery. But arbitrarily raising wages by government fiat would only make the malady worse.