[Originally Posted at Sun Focus]
On the first day of the 2014 legislative session, minimum wage advocates hosted a “Raise the Wage” rally in the Capitol rotunda.
The state’s minimum wage rate will be a major topic of discussion at the Capitol. Advocates are calling for a raise to $9.50 an hour, a substantial increase. Minnesota is currently one of four states — along with Arkansas, Georgia and Wyoming — that has a minimum wage lower than the federal rate.
State Senator Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, attended the rally.
“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,” Scalze said. “Too many hardworking men and women who are working full time struggle to pay the bills. By raising our minimum wage, we can help lift thousands of people out of poverty and increase their own economic power. This is the year to do the right thing and raise the minimum wage.”
Contact Sen. Bev Scalze at 651-296-5537 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.