ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday, by a vote of 35 to 31, legislation passed to increase the wages of Minnesota’s lowest paid workers. Minnesota, at $6.15 an hour, is currently one of only four states – along with Arkansas, Wyoming and Georgia – to have a minimum wage rate lower than the federal rate. This legislation increases the minimum wage in three increments, to $7.75 per hour for small employers and $9.50 an hour for large employers in 2016. Additionally, beginning in 2018 the wage will be increased by an amount determined by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as tied to an inflation index called the “implicit price deflator”. The annual index cannot exceed 2.6%.
State Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) voted yes to increase the wage because of the great need to provide Minnesotans’ the ability to live better lives and seek more education for more economic well-being and increased purchasing power.
“It is a travesty that Minnesotans could work full time and still be living in poverty. By increasing the minimum wage, we are giving 357,000 Minnesotans better opportunity and economic support. No one working full time should still be struggling to pay for their essentials. This is a step in the right direction and I am glad to see us moving forward on this critically important issue,” said Sen. Carlson.
For information on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Jim Carlson at 651-297-8073 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.