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May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013
ST. PAUL, MINN– Children from across the state will be bringing their baseball gloves to the Capitol with a message for legislators: “Catch” up to the cost of living and raise the minimum wage to $9.50.
Legislators need to see that raising the minimum wage is important to children, families and our community. The Senate voted to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 this year, $7.50 next year and $7.75 in 2015. The House voted to raise the minimum wage to $8.00 this year, $9.00 next year and $9.50 in 2015. Now the Senate and House have to agree on the final minimum wage amount, which Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota believes should be $9.50.
Raising the minimum wage to $9.50 is important because:
137,000 Minnesota children would have at least one parent affected by a $9.50 minimum
Minnesota currently has the 3rd lowest state minimum wage in the country.
77 percent of workers affected by a $9.50 increase are age 20 or older.
An additional $1,000 of average annual family income throughout early childhood can result
in higher reading and math scores for children in low-income families.
When and Where: Saturday, May 18, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Minnesota State Capitol, Rotunda
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota