St. Paul City Council to Vote on Raising Minimum Wage

November 14, 2018 05:51 AM

After months of debate, the St. Paul City Council is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The proposed ordinance has been one of St. Paul Mayor Melving Carter's top priorities since taking office in January.

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"We've committed ourselves to ensuring that no one who works full time is ever stuck raising their children in poverty," Carter said.

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The plan would be to start increasing the minimum wage in 2020, in phases, depending on the size of the business, giving smaller businesses more time to implement the change.

The topic has created a heated debate; hundreds of people attended a public hearing earlier this month.

Much of the conversation surrounds a "tip credit," which would allow employers to count tips toward hourly wages.

The measure up for a vote Wednesday night does not include a tip credit.

RELATED: St. Paul Council, Community Members to Weigh In on Minimum Wage Hike

"We want to pay them as much as possible, we want to feed families but that's not viable and a lot of restaurants will go out of business," Carter said. "If there's no special consideration for the full service restaurant business model in this ordinance there will negative effects on workers."

The council meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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