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Minnesota 2020 Journal: Why We Fight

Today, Friday, August 1, Minnesota’s state minimum wage rises for the first time in 9 years, increasing from $5.15/hour for small employers and $6.15/hour for large employers, both below the federal $7.25/hour minimum wage, to $9.50/hour. The wage hike didn’t happen casually. It took a concerted, intensive, multilayered effort and almost failed multiple times. Minnesota’s minimum wage history challenges Minnesota’s progressive self-identity. Before the 2005 minimum wage increase, previous action occurred in 1998 when Minnesota’s minimum wage moved to $5.15/hour. Before that, it was increased in 1991.…

A Windy Future for Minnesota?

In 1999, Minnesota already had 273 Megawatts of installed capacity, second only to California. By the end of last March, that number surged to a little over 3 Gigawatts, enough capacity to have provided 15.7 percent of our electricity last year. During this same period, installed wind capacity in the…

A Cold Shoulder or Welcoming Arms for Children in Danger

Minnesota political leaders and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are pondering what the state’s response should be to the children of Central America gathering at the U.S.-Mexican border seeking refuge from gangs, drug wars and poverty back home. Minnesota awareness of the children’s plight was raised within the past week when Congressman…

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