The 2016 presidential campaign has illustrated the public’s appetite for economic justice and fair pay. Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville) is leading the charge for a higher minimum wage here in Minnesota. Marty says it is time for the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” to join the ranks of California, New York, and several cities across the country in boosting the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The provision is part of legislation, Senate File 3612, which aims to improve the financial well-being of low-income workers. Introduced on Monday, Sen. Marty’s Worker Justice Bill triples the working family tax credit, makes child care affordable for low income workers, and phases in the higher minimum wage.
This is the first raise in Minnesota’s minimum wage since 2005.
Vote expected in House and Senate this week
“For too long Minnesota has lagged behind the rest of the country in our minimum wage rate. Now, at a time when our economy is steadily improving, we must make sure this recovery can get to the people who need it,”
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) speaks about Senate DFL initiatives that will help Minnesota’s working families.
The state of Minnesota has two minimum wage rates and some employers are covered by federal law.