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Minneapolis Mayor Meets with Low Wage Workers

Updated: 01/08/2014 7:43 PM
Created: 01/08/2014 7:05 PM KSTP.com
By: Brandi Powell

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges met with low wage workers Wednesday as part of her First 10 Days Tour.

Most of the people she met with make $7.50 to $8.50 an hour. They shared their stories with the mayor inside the home of a fellow contract worker.

Mayor Hodges was asked if she would try to get the City of Minneapolis to raise its minimum wage, as several other cities across the country have done. She responded, "This is not something Minneapolis can do alone. This is a statewide issue. Part of it is drawing on our relationships with folks in the region, folks statewide to come together to make a decision that is good for the entire community and the entire state."

As for the City of Minneapolis, a spokesperson says the city does support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.50 by 2015.

Not everyone agrees on a boost in pay. Some small businesses say they may struggle paying their employees if wages increase.

 


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