Senator Kent speaks at minimum wage town hall

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Senator Susan Kent recently met with constituents and community organizations at Woodbury Central Park to discuss one of the hottest topics this Legislative Session: raising the minimum wage in Minnesota. The town hall afforded residents an opportunity to voice their opinions and examined the benefits of raising the minimum wage for both individuals and businesses across the state.

Sen. Kent offered words on why raising the wage strengthens the economy and participated in a Q & A with those in attendance. She noted how the national conversation has changed over the course of a year, placing an emphasis on the importance of Minnesota to keep up with other states who have raised their minimum wages.

The town hall also featured a presentation by economist Ann Markusen of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. A renowned professor currently focusing on occupational approaches to regional development, Markusen spoke about regional economic and quality-of-life stimulants, emphasizing the positive effects of raising the wage on both.

“By raising the wage, we are putting money into the pockets of people who will spend it – therefore strengthening businesses and ultimately our economy,” Sen. Kent said. “A lot has happened since last year, and working individuals and families across the country understand now more than ever the necessity of a minimum wage that reflects their respective economic vitalities. Minnesota needs to be added to that landscape.”

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