Minnesota Senate Eliminates Carveouts to Minimum Wage 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, May 13, the Minnesota Senate passed the Labor Policy Bill, including a provision authored by Senator Zaynab Mohamed (DFL-Minneapolis) eliminating certain carveouts to Minnesota’s minimum wage laws.

The provision eliminates lower minimum wages allowed in Minnesota for specific circumstances, which include a small employer minimum wage, a summer work travel exchange visitor wage, and a youth wage. In addition, it would also increase the maximum annual inflation increase from 2.5% to 5%.

“Every worker deserves a living wage, safe working conditions, and the right to organize their workplace,” said Senator Mohamed. “Eliminating these carveouts to minimum wage laws fights the growing income inequality we see across our society. I am proud that we continue to address the needs of workers and move closer to economic justice for all in this bill.”

Minimum wage rates effective on January 1, 2025, in Minnesota would be $10.85 for most positions, which may increase by as much as 5% due to inflation.

The Labor Policy Bill passed the Senate 34-33 and awaits consideration in the House before heading to the Governor’s desk. You can watch the entire Senate floor debate here.

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Senator Zaynab Mohamed represents Senate District 63 which includes Minneapolis. She is vice chair of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee, and serves on the Capital Investment Committee, Finance Committee, and the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee.
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