Minn. Non-Profit Businesses Advocate to Raise Minimum Wage

Updated: 03/06/2014 7:20 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

A group of Minnesotans made a stance on the topic of minimum wage Thursday.

The group of non-profit businesses wants to see wages increase to $9.50 per hour and continue to increase on pace with inflation. 

They gathered at Wilder Center in St. Paul where they said they were advocating on behalf of the low wage workers they serve.

KSTP spoke with Jeff Bauer of The Family Partnership who talked about the challenges minimum wage workers face: "I said, 'Carl can you come down to the capitol and testify on this minimum wage bill, it's really important?' And he kind of laughed he said, 'I can't come down to the capitol.' I said, 'why not?' He said, 'You know if I'm lucky I get to come home between second and third shift and kiss my two daughters who are already asleep before going to my next job. I don't have time to go down to the capitol and advocate.'"

As things stand right now at the Minnesota State Capitol, $9.50 sounds like a realistic goal for advocates. Both the House and Senate have shown agreement to that. Whether it would happen by 2015 is the question.

Differences also remain about raising wages with inflation which was a big push at Thursday's gathering, and whether small businesses must follow the same rules.