Mayor Hodges Praises Minimum Wage Increase
April 14, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges today praised state legislators for passing legislation raising the minimum wage in Minnesota and indexing it for inflation. As Governor Dayton prepares to sign the bill at a ceremony this afternoon, Mayor Hodges released the following statement:
“This is great news for the more than 350,000 workers across Minnesota, including more than 30,000 in Minneapolis, who will see a raise thanks to this legislation. This is certainly one step in the right direction as we work to ensure that our city can be a place where all people have an opportunity to thrive.
“President Obama himself noted our efforts here in Minnesota, highlighting how our state is leading the way in ensuring that no American who works full-time has to raise a family in poverty. Rather than waiting for Congress to take action, I am proud of this statewide solution to make progress on the goal of reducing inequity.
“While this is a raise for thousands of workers, we need to remember that the minimum wage is a floor for the lowest-paid workers in our community. The cross-sector partnership with the private and public sector, labor and advocates to bring more inclusive growth to the city of Minneapolis will help raise that floor for all workers.
“Thank you to the bill authors, to the leadership at the State Capitol and to the advocates for their hard work and dedication to this legislation.”
Mayor Hodges joined a group of Minnesota mayors earlier this year in lending their support to the Raise the Wage Coalition, a group of community, faith, labor, non-profit and service-based organizations.
Published Apr 14, 2014