Senator Patricia Torres Ray Pushing for Minimum Wage Increase

ST. PAUL, MINN. – State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) joined Minnesotan’s for a Fair Economy at a press conference today to call for an increase to the state’s minimum wage.

“Too often today it is big business that wins, not the hardworking men and women who put in long hours for little pay. We must give these workers a fair wage that can provide them the economic security that every person in Minnesota deserves. We must raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour and index it to inflation,” said Sen. Torres Ray.

Today’s press conference released a report, Big Boxes Small Paychecks, that outlines how the retail lobby is working to block any rise in the minimum wage at the state and national level, even as an estimated 20,000 employees of big box retailers rely on public assistance. In a 2013 survey by the the University of Chicago’s Booth School Business leading economists agreed by a nearly 4 to 1 margin that the benefits of raising and indexing the minimum wage outweigh the costs.

“By raising the minimum wage, we are putting more economic power into the hands of workers and small businesses. We need to stop subsidizing big business and it is time for us to give workers the raise they deserve,” said Sen. Torres Ray.

For information on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Patricia Torres Ray at 651-296-4274 or by email at

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Patricia Torres Ray represents District 63, which includes portions of southeastern Minneapolis and eastern Richfield in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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