Rally Held in Support of Minimum Wage Increase in St. Paul

February 22, 2018 09:45 AM

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has said he hopes to enact a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage this year.

On Wednesday morning, workers and a community coalition held a news conference in support of that proposal. They called for passage of a $15 minimum wage with no tip penalty of exemptions.

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A new minimum wage ordinance took affect in Minneapolis at the start of this year. Businesses with more than 100 employees must now pay $10 an hour, a rate that will eventually increase to $15 an hour over the course of four-to-six years depending on the size of the business.

Despite concerns from some businesses, the ordinance was approved by the City Council in June.

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Here is the city's chart showing how the ordinance will be phased in (a small business is described as one with 100 or fewer employees):

  • Jan. 1, 2018 - Large businesses - $10; Small businesses - no increase
  • July 1, 2018 - Large businesses - $11.25; Small businesses - $10.25
  • July 1, 2019 - Large businesses - $12.25; Small businesses - $11
  • July 1, 2020 - Large businesses - $13.25; Small businesses - $11.75
  • July 1, 2021 - Large businesses - $14.25; Small businesses - $12.50
  • July 1, 2022 - Large businesses - $15; Small businesses - $13.50
  • July 1, 2023 - Large businesses - $15 (indexed to inflation); Small businesses - $14.50
  • July 1, 2024 - Large businesses - $15 (indexed to inflation); Small businesses - $15

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