Minneapolis City Council Continues to Debate Minimum Wage Raise

June 28, 2017 07:35 PM

With days away from a final vote on the ordinance to raise the minimum wage in Minneapolis, the city council held a two hour debate Wednesday.

The suggested ordinance would increase the minimum wage to $15.

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One of the bigger points discussed by the Minneapolis City Council was the impact the law would have on larger businesses compared to smaller businesses.

If passed, businesses with more than 100 people would have to phase in the $15 increase in five years.

Smaller businesses would have seven years to phase in the new minimum wage.

"I think we need to be moving forward in a way that uplifts workers and simultaneously accounts for the realities small local businesses face in our city," Jacob Frey, a Minneapolis City Council member,said.

Ginger Jantzen, with 15 Now Minnesota, supports the increase, saying much of the money workers would pocket would go right back into the economy.

"This has been a discussion since 2013, so to wait another 5 or 7 years, workers can't wait to pay their rent, they can't tell their landlord they'll get a raise in 2025," Jantzen said. "So the real thing here is making sure we can get the most money in workers hands as quickly as possible."

The city council vote is slated for 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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