St. Paul Passes $15 Minimum Wage

November 14, 2018 07:57 PM

The St. Paul City Council has voted to approve a $15 minimum wage.

Mayor Melvin Carter signed the ordinance Wednesday.

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Minneapolis passed a $15 minimum wage ordinance in 2017.


It's important to remember St. Paul and Minneapolis are the only cities in the state with their own minimum wage ordinance. Employers in other cities have to abide by the state's minimum wage rate.  

Below are the current statewide minimum wage rates and the increases that take effect on January 1, 2019.


Under the St. Paul plan, businesses will start phasing in wage increases in 2020.

It does not include a tip credit, which means employers cannot count tips toward hourly wages.


Below are the dates for businesses in St. Paul to reach a $15 minimum wage (micro businesses are those with five or fewer workers, small businesses are those with 100 or fewer workers, large businesses are those with 100 or more workers):


The plan is to start increasing the minimum wage 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.

Kathleen O'Hehir-Johnson, owner of Just Truffles on Grand Avenue, said she may have to raise prices because of the wage hike. 

"It could be a very negative impact," she said.  "It's a real mess I think."


St. Paul joins Minneapolis as the only cities in the state with minimum wage ordinances. However, employers in both cities have different deadlines when it comes to when they need to be paying employees a minimum of $15 an hour.  

Below are the dates for businesses in Minneapolis (small businesses are those with 100 or fewer workers, large businesses are those with 100 or more workers):


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