Message to Senators: “Ketchup” to the Cost of Living and Raise the Minimum Wage to $9.50

May 9, 2013


ST. PAUL, MINN– Minnesotans from across the state, including children with child-size grocery carts, will deliver ketchup bottles to Senators tomorrow encouraging them to “ketchup” to the cost of living and raise the minimum wage to $9.50.

Last night, the Minnesota Senate voted to araise the minimum wage to $7.25 this year, $7.50 next year and $7.75 in 2015. The House bill, which passed last week, raises the minimum wage to $8.00 this year, $9.00 next year and $9.50 in 2015. In preparation for the conferencing of the House and Senate bills, A Minnesota Without Poverty (AMWP) hopes to move the Senate closer to the House’s proposed wage.

The ketchup bottles have custom labels with facts about the minimum wage, including:

  • Average annual cost of meeting basic needs for a family of four with two workers in Minnesota is $58,000. To cover these costs each worker must earn $14.03 per hour;
  • At the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, a couple with two children would have to work 155 hours a week to meet basic needs; and
  • 63% of minimum wage earners are women, 35% are teenagers, 37% work in greater Minnesota and 44% have some college education.

Increasing the minimum wage to $9.50 was one of the key recommendations of the bipartisan Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020. According to AMWP, raising the minimum wage will help restore work as a way out of poverty.

When and Where:      Friday, May 10, 2013

                                    11:00 a.m.

                                    Minnesota State Capitol, Outside Senate Chamber

                                    75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, St. Paul, MN


Alexandra Fitzimmons

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota

Chair of AMWP Public Policy Work Group



Nancy Maeker

A Minnesota Without Poverty