New study calls for boost in Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50


A study by a network of organizations calling for a boost in Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 per hour says huge benefits would come with such an increase, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

The Raise the Wage Coalition says an increase to $9.50 per hour would not only give 357,000 Minnesota minimum wage workers a raise, it would inject an additional $470 million in purchasing power in the state.

Minnesota's minimum wage is currently $6.15 per hour for employees of large companies, and $5.25 an hour for small company employees who work for businesses grossing less than $625,000 in annual sales.

The state's minimum wage is one of four in the country lower than the federal minimum of $7.25. Most large company employees, however, already qualify for the federal minimum.

The study says roughly 77 percent of the state's minimum wage workers are 20 years or older. A spokesman for one of the groups behind the study, Joe Sheeran, said that statistic debunks claims that only teenage workers would benefit from a minimum wage increase in the state.

The Minnesota House is pushing for an increase in the state minimum to $9.50 by 2015, with an annual bump for inflation. The state Senate is calling for a raise to $7.75.

Gov. Mark Dayton said last month that he would be disappointed if the Legislature didn't raise the minimum wage to $9.50 in the next session, which begins in January.

Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and U.S. Rep Rick Nolan joined the local push for a boost in the state minimum wage to $9.50 per hour, the Star Tribune reports.

Next Up

minneapolis police

Police arrest man in connection to deadly Minneapolis hit-and-run

The victim died the scene in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Jordan Greenway

Wild's fast start vanishes in loss to Coyotes

Arizona scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 4.12.00 PM

Police seeking tips in search for road rage shooting suspect

The incident took place in Maplewood last week.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers lands on Wooden Award list for women's college basketball

The Hopkins grad is the only freshman on the 15-player ballot.

Jamal Mashburn Jr.

Gophers fall under .500 after OT loss to Rutgers

The Gophers are under .500 for the first time this season.

police tape, crime scene

Man arrested for killing of his father in Wabasha County

The 73-year-old man was found dead at a home in rural Zumbro Falls.

Jake Odorizzi

Report: Jake Odorizzi to sign with Astros

The former Twins pitcher is headed to Houston on a two-year deal.

covid-19, coronavirus

South African COVID-19 variant detected in Wisconsin

There have been no cases of the South African strain found in Minnesota.

Brian Dutcher

Could Brian Dutcher be Gophers target to replace Richard Pitino?

Dutcher's contract has a buyout clause that could lead him to Minnesota.