Nolan and Ellison join local push for higher Minnesota minimum wage

  • Article by: Baird Helgeson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 14, 2013 - 7:51 PM

Congressmen Nolan and Ellison said at a discussion in Minneapolis that they support raising the state’s base pay rate to $9.50 by 2015.

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wildfoxOct. 14, 13 8:20 PM

Thank you Rick and Keith. Although $10.00 should be the absolute least a person should work for.

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bingcrosbyOct. 14, 13 8:50 PM

And guess what happens when you do this? You raise the cost of goods to consumers and made it more difficult to employ the very people you're trying to help — unintended consequences from a well meaning, but wrong-headed idea. The market is the best arbiter, not some legislative over-reach.

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carbonbigfotOct. 14, 13 9:38 PM

“I have paid my taxes and gone to college, yet here I am making $7.25 an hour,” said Darcy Landau, an airport worker. “I owe $80,000 in student loans, and am between a rock and a hard place.” $80,000 in student loans? You didn't learn much in college, did you? Good jobs require talent. No wonder she is only making minimum wage.

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redeye12Oct. 14, 13 9:47 PM

Two points. One, this is a state issue. Reps Nolan and Ellison should be focusing on the ills in Washington DC that they have helped make. Two, why stop at $9.50? Why not $15? $20? Why not go the route the Swiss have proposed--guarantee $35,000 or more. Afterall, evil business owes it to us all.

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freedomallOct. 14, 1311:12 PM

If the minimum wage had kept up with the CEO pay increases since 2000, the minimum wage would be $22.00 an hour. The income gap continues to grow as CEO pay (along with tax cuts for the wealthy) has more than quadrupled over the past 10 years. I am just astounded that anyone would complain at increasing the minimum wage to just $2 more bucks an hour. In fact, the $2 minimum wage back in the late 1970s (adjusted for inflation) would be $11-12 dollars an hour currently.

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freedomallOct. 14, 1311:19 PM

If Australia can have a minimum wage of $16 dollars an hour, so can the United States. Australia leads the G-20 major economies as having the lowest unemployment rate and has one of the lowest welfare recipient rates. The United States should take note!

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usa2012Oct. 14, 1311:57 PM

$9.50 is still below the poverty line. So they're advocating people remain poor and continue to look to them for support. Now that we know the DFL Platform we can move on. If they were serious they would suggest $25 per hour.

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circleoflifeOct. 15, 13 6:23 AM

Coming from the richest poorest nation in the world, this is a joke.

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elind56Oct. 15, 13 6:39 AM

Truth be told, what these progressives would really like to implement is a maximum wage. In the meantime, their hope is that they can coerce company executives into taking personal pay cuts to cover the higher minimum wage for entry-level/low-skill workers...a sort of "voluntary" form of wealth redistribution. But, hard as they hope and wish, these minimum wage hikes never play out that way. The worst part of it is that the brunt of the deleterious effects are borne by those who can least afford it.

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supervon2Oct. 15, 13 6:41 AM

But, Keith want his salary raised too. And so does the bus driver. And the cab driver. And so on and so on. This is spiral and it usually results in failure. Example? Housing prices? Need I say more?

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