This month marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty.” There were huge victories in that war during the following decade, but after that, the federal government reversed course, cut anti-poverty programs, and our national government effectively surrendered.
A major priority for the House, Senate and Governor is increasing the minimum wage. The last time the minimum wage was raised by the State of Minnesota was 2005. As a result of actions taken in 2005, the state’s minimum wage rate for large employers is $6.15 and $5.25 for small employers. The state’s minimum wage is so low that it is superseded by federal law because the federal government has established a higher rate ($7.25). Minnesota is one of four states that have a minimum wage rate below the federal minimum wage.