Minnesota needs higher minimum wage

Minnesota needs higher minimum wage

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Jack Boot

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Sep 1, 2013
“Raise the Wage!$9.50 by 2015” exclaims this year’s billboard atop the AFL-CIO pavilion at the State Fair. It’s getting a positive response — better, said several volunteers in red T-shirts bearing the same logo, than labor’s more controversial 2012 State Fair theme,“Tax the Rich.”

That may be in part because fair­goers understand another message, the one on the black T-shirts sported by a number of participants in Tuesday’s “Raise the Wage!” campaign kickoff news conference:“Increase family income, improve child outcomes.”

They pointed to data that refute the common misconception that few heads of households are paid the minimum wage. In Minnesota, a third of 360,000 minimum-wage workers are either parents or are married.

The proportion of heads of households is likely higher among low-wage workers whose wages are only slightly above the minimum, and would likely move up along with it. A national study released last week said that if the hourly minimum were increased to $10.10, a quarter of those whose incomes would grow are parents.

To underscore the point, three such breadwinners spoke at the campaign kickoff. A Target grocery stocker told of regularly skipping supper so her children could eat. A Target janitor fretted that his children won’t be able to afford college. An airport wheelchair assistant said he can’t pay his family’s bills on $7.25 an hour with no benefits.

“Economic security of families is critical to the health and well-being of our children in Minnesota,” said Peggy Flanagan, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota, the organization behind the black shirts.“A parent working full time earning the federal minimum wage has a gross annual income of roughly $15,000. This falls far below what is needed to meet basic needs — housing, food, health care, transportation and child care.”

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Schmahl Spew

Peoria, AZ

#2 Sep 1, 2013
All workers deserve a living wage.

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Sep 13, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Nobody deserves to work & not be able to support their families or improve their chance at the American dream...
Really sad, to see the senile haters pretend it's about Americans, when you're protecting your own cheap perspective poorly.
America USED to be better, before your dishonesty became pervasive.
Strive to support your family with a BETTER JOB.

"America USED to be better, before your dishonesty became pervasive." You mean when the minimum wage was much lower?
Scooby Slew

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Sep 14, 2013
Schmahl Spew wrote:
All workers deserve a living wage.
Workers "deserve" the wage simple economics dictates their job will pay.

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