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Minimum wage increase will help families, communities


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL

People earning a minimum wage are people we depend on to care of our children and our elderly and disabled family members, yet they do not make enough money to care for their own families. Some are working two to three jobs or try to provide for their children’s basic needs.

Because someone working 40 hours a week should not live in poverty, Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators have increased the minimum wage. The first phase of the three-phase increase takes effect Friday, Aug. 1, marking the first wage increase in 10 years.

The Aug. 1 increase brings the wage from $6.15 an hour (the fourth-lowest in the U.S.) to $8 an hour. Further increases in 2015 and 2016 will boost the wage to $9.50 an hour for large employers. (By 2016, small businesses with $500,000 in gross sales, will raise their minimum wage to $7.75 an hour.) Beginning in 2018, all wages will go up annually on Jan. 1 by inflation, unless the commissioner of the State Department of Labor and Industry decides the economy cannot support an increase.

More than 350,000 Minnesotans will be impacted by this wage increase. While some may have the misconception that minimum wage earners are teenagers with part-time jobs, the fact of the matter is that 274,000 of the 350,000 are working adults, age 20 and older. A large majority of those workers, 202,000, are women.

With so many adults earning minimum wage, the increase will also provide economic security for about 137,000 children of low-paid workers. Studies have shown that cchildren from families with sufficient financial resources are far more likely than children from economically disadvantaged families to start kindergarten ready to succeed and to flourish in school and later in life.

Communities will also benefit from the increase in the minimum wage. When the $9.50 an hour wage goes into effect, it is estimated it will provide a $472 million boost in consumer spending. When low-wage workers have more money to spend, it is anticipated they will purchase more consumer goods for their families. The increase they receive will go right back into our economy. Higher wages have also shown to provide businesses with lower turnover, higher productivity and better customer service.

For low-wage workers, an increase in the minimum wage means a chance to being the process of working their way out of poverty. The increase .....
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 7.28.14

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week.” Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them poss ..... 
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Retail gasoline prices likely to drop over the next two weeks

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

If you’re seeing a pleasant decrease in the price at the pump you’re not imagining things. The U.S. average retail price of gasoline has fallen below $3.60/gal for the first time since April 10, 2014. Prices have been on an 18 consecutive day ..... 
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State gains 8,500 jobs in June

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota gained 8,500 jobs in June, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The second straight month of strong job growth brought net job gains in Minnesota to 1 ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 7.14.14

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Governor Dayton requests presidential disaster declaration

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton described wi ..... 
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New law will protect health and safety of Minnesota dogs and cats

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New state regulations to protect the health and safety of dogs and cats will take effect Tuesday, July 1, 2014. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature enacted the new law, creating ..... 
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