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Following the release of a commissioned study from the Roy Wilkins Center, which looked at the economic effects of an increased minimum wage, both locally and in Hennepin and Ramsey County, the Minneapolis City Council directed the City staff to gather stakeholder input on the topic and present minimum wage policy recommendations in mid-2017. In addition to hosting several stakeholder listening sessions the City is also collecting feedback using this online survey. The survey is also available in Spanish.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on a possible minimum wage policy in Minneapolis.
City holding listening sessions to discuss minimum wage
The City of Minneapolis is hosting several listening sessions to gather feedback on a potential minimum wage policy for employers in the City of Minneapolis.
The City Council has directed City staff to present minimum wage policy recommendations mid-year after doing additional research and community engagement on the topic. The listening sessions will be an opportunity for community stakeholders to share viewpoints on how a change in the minimum wage would impact them. Meetings include:
- Jan. 24: Latino community, 6-7:30 p.m. Mercado Central, second floor, 1515 E. Lake St.
- Jan. 25: Minneapolis Business Advisory Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m. MPD 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Ave. S.
- Jan. 26: East African community, 6-7:30 p.m., Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S.
- Jan. 30: East Town Business Partnership, 3-5 p.m. Day Block Brewing, 1105 Washington Ave. S.
- Feb. 7: Native American community, 5:30-7 p.m. All My Relations Gallery (Powwow Grounds), 1414 E. Franklin Ave.
- Feb. 14: Minneapolis Downtown Council and Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, 4-5:30 p.m. Minneapolis Downtown Council conference room, 81 S. 9th St., Suite 260
- Feb. 15: African American community, 3-5 p.m. NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave.
- Feb. 21: general public, 6-7:30 p.m., Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
- Feb. 23: general public, 6-7:30 p.m. Urban League, main gathering room, 2100 Plymouth Ave.
- Feb. 26: restaurant industry, 4-5:30 p.m. Surly Brewing, Scheid Hall, 520 Malcolm Ave. SE
- Feb. 27: small and independent businesses, 5-6:30 p.m. Firefighters Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE
- March 2: South Minneapolis community, 6-7:30 p.m. Mayflower Church, 106 E. Diamond Lake Road
- March 3: Southeast Asian community, 11 a.m.-noon, Harrison Recreation Center, 503 Irving Ave. N.
- March 15: LynLake/Uptown/Whittier businesses, 12-2 p.m. Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
- March 16: Minneapolis Youth Congress, 6-7 p.m. Central Library, Doty Room, 300 Nicollet Mall
- March 24: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, noon-1 p.m. 2314 University Ave. W. Suite 20, St. Paul (RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
All meetings are open to the public, though each will have a specific audience focus. Meeting organizers will use a variety of mechanisms to engage community stakeholders and will have interpreters available. More listening sessions are also being planned. Questions and feedback on this issue can also be sent to MinWage@minneapolismn.gov
Listening session recaps
- Notes from the Jan. 24 Latino community listening session
- Notes from the Jan. 25 Minneapolis Business Advisory Group listening session
- Notes from the Jan. 26 East African community listening session
- Notes from the Jan. 30 East Town Business Partnership listening session
Minimum Wage Study
In April 2015, the City Council adopted a resolution supporting a strong economy and working families. In September 2015, the City Council authorized the issuance of a Request for Proposals for a comprehensive economic analysis of the effects of an increased minimum wage, both locally and in Hennepin and Ramsey County. The contract for that economic analysis was awarded to a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, Howard University, Rutgers University, and the Economic Policy Institute. That research team—led by the Roy Wilkins Center at the University of Minnesota—replicated techniques used in prevalent economic literature to simulate the relative impact of a minimum wage at $12 and $15 per hour.
The study found that of the City’s 311,000 workers, about 47,000 would be affected by an increase to $12 per hour and about 71,000 would be affected by an increase to $15 per hour. Moreover, the study concludes that workers of color—especially Latino and black workers—would disproportionately benefit from an increased minimum wage.
People of color would disproportionally benefit from a wage increase
After applying the local workforce demographics to the available economic forecast models, the study did not find significant projected job growth losses due to the proposed minimum wage increases, either in Minneapolis, or in Hennepin and Ramsey County. The models either showed a slight decrease in employment, or no statistically significant change. The difference in estimations for the effect of a minimum wage is largely due to the fact that each model makes different assumptions on the best way to test for these effects.
Service industries like restaurants, retail, fast food, health care and child care are where minimum wage work is concentrated and where the benefits and impacts will be felt strongest by both employees and employers.
- Evaluation of Minimum Wage Increase in Minneapolis & Hennepin/Ramsey Counties – Technical Report
- Technical Report – Executive Summary
- Minimum Wage Increase Study Presentation
- Minimum Wage Study, Frequently Asked Questions
- Minimum Wage Study, FAQs (Spanish)
- Minimum Wage Study, FAQs (Somali)
- Minimum Wage Study, FAQs (Hmong)
Last updated Mar 17, 2017