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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:
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
Minnesota State Capitol, Outside Senate Chamber
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
Chair of AMWP Public Policy Work Group
A Minnesota Without Poverty