Children Bringing Baseball Gloves to the Capitol: Catch up to the Cost of Living and Raise the Minimum Wage to $9.50

May 17, 2013

Media Alert

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

    wage increase.

  • Minnesota currently has the 3rd lowest state minimum wage in the country.

  • It costs a family of four (two parents and two children), $58,000 a year to meet basic needs.
  • To cover these costs, each worker must earn $14.03 per hour.
  • 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


Alexandra Fitzsimmons

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota