The same week thousands of workers protested across the nation to raise the federal minimum wage, one Minnesota company decided to do something about it. John Puckett, co-owner of Punch Neapolitan Pizza, says all eight of their Twin Cities’ locations now have minimum wage set at $10 an hour. “My business partner and I decided to invest in our people because we are growing our company in the Twin Cities,” Puckett said. “We really believe to have the best quality product and service, it’s the right thing to do.” Minnesota’s minimum wage is $7.25. Puckett hopes the pay will keep good workers and attract valuable employees to their company.
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Low-wage workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are calling for an increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage. The workers say they are forced to rely on government programs to get by. It’s part of a growing debate over whether to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 an hour. The Service Employees Union says 600 low-paid workers at Twin Cities Airport – including wheelchair pushers, cart drivers and aircraft cleaners – earn an average of $7.73 an hour, and receive millions of dollars in state public assistance.
On the same day California’s governor signed a bill upping the state’s minimum wage to $10 within three years, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton made clear it he’d be disappointed if the Legislature doesn’t push up his state’s wage floor next session.
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The state Senate majority leader says a proposed increase in the state minimum wage is not likely to happen this session because Democrats in the House and Senate can’t agree how much to raise it. Sen. Tom Bakk says Thursday there are not enough votes among Senate Democrats.
The Minnesota Senate is ready to vote on a bill to bump up the state’s minimum wage, although not as fast as House lawmaking counterparts want.
Minnesota’s lowest-wage workers are closing in on a government-mandated raise.
Minnesota is moving towards its first minimum wage hike since 2005. The House Ways and Means Committee planned Monday to advance a bill that would bump the state’s floor wage in three steps until it hits $9.50 per hour in 2015.
A group of Minnesota restaurants is pushing the Legislature to factor tips into their proposal to boost the state’s minimum wage.
As Minnesota legislators debate raising the state’s minimum wage, Gov. Mark Dayton says he’d be comfortable with hiking the rate to $9 or $9.50 per hour.
A bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to more than $10 an hour by 2015 passed its first test Tuesday over Republican objections that the hike would hurt businesses and the overall economy.
From a small tick up to a big bump, Minnesota lawmakers anxious to boost the state’s minimum wage start making their case to colleagues this week.
Less than 24 hours after the President Barack Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, Minnesota Democratic lawmakers unveiled a plan of their own to raise state pay for low income workers to $9.50.