The Worker Dignity Bill aims to improve the lives of Minnesota low-income workers and move them out of poverty. The legislation would continue the phased-in increase in the minimum wage, provide funds to help workers afford child care, and boost the working family tax credit.
The bill extends the increase in the minimum wage, from $9.50 per hour in 2016 to $12.50 per hour in the year 2020. Because the rising costs of child care are causing financial strain on Minnesota families, the bill also expands the state child care assistance program to give parents a better choice of child care providers, and provides better compensation to those providers. The Working Family Tax Credit would also be expanded, further helping out hard-working families across the state.
For a single parent with one child who earns about $23,000 per year, this legislation would also increase the working family tax credit, giving an additional $2,000 to help them pay their bills. (S.F. 890)