Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota Praises Passage of Minimum Wage Bill

April 10, 2014
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Peggy Flanagan 612-799-4705

St. Paul, Minn. - Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota (CDF-MN) praised the state legislature on Thursday for passing HF2091, a bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $9.50 and index it to inflation. The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the bill today after the state Senate passed it Wednesday. The bill now heads to the governor's desk for signature.

"Today is a good day for Minnesotans. We are thankful to the legislators in the Minnesota House and Senate who stood up for children and families by voting ‘yes’ to raise the wage and index it to inflation," said CDF-MN Executive Director Peggy Flanagan. "An increase in the minimum wage means that 357,000 working Minnesotans and 137,000 children will experience greater economic security." 

A family's wage level can significantly impact child development. Flanagan stated that increasing family income improves child outcomes and cited as an example findings from a 2011 Brookings Institution study examining the effects of family income on school readiness. The study suggests that an additional $1,000 of average annual family income throughout early childhood results in higher reading and math scores for children in low-income families. School readiness is linked to future academic achievement.

"By raising the minimum wage, the legislature is investing in the littlest Minnesotans and the future of our state,” Flanagan said.

 CDF-MN is a member of the Raise the Wage coalition, a group of more than 70 faith, labor and non-profit organizations across Minnesota that advocated in support of the bill. CDF-MN is a nonprofit organization supporting programs and policies that increase family economic stability and improve child well-being.