Minn. DFLers push for minimum wage hike to $9.50


Minnesota state DFL lawmakers on Wednesday called for a minimum wage increase, from $7.25 to $9.50, the Star Tribune reports.

The bill has the support of influential lawmakers, including its sponsors Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park and a speaker pro tempore, and Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm and the chair of the Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Finance Division, the newspaper notes.

Minnesota is one of four states that officially have set the minimum wage below the federal level of $7.25, although businesses in the state are required to pay workers the federal minimum.

Here's an interactive map that shows minimum wage rates in the states. Nineteen states have minimum wages that are higher than the federal rate; 22 states have the same rate as the federal minimum.

The federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009. President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, called for an increase of the rate to $9 an hour.

Obama said, "This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. And a whole lot of folks out there would probably need less help from government. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher."

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told The Huffington Post that he was "very grateful the president focused on income inequality." He said he supports the hike and believes it should be even higher than $9.

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., is among the critics who said the proposal would hurt small businesses, Huffington reported. In a recent commentary, Michael Saltsman, research director of the Employment Policies Institute, explains why the change would deal a blow to Minnesota restaurants.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.