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Elected Officials Continue Minimum Wage Challenge Across Minnesota

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2014

Public Figures From Across the State to Participate in the Challenge as Part of Statewide Push for Higher Wages

***UPDATED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS BELOW***

Elected Officials Continue Minimum Wage Challenge Across Minnesota
Public Figures From Across the State to Participate in the Challenge as Part of Statewide Push for Higher Wages

Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MN- State Rep. Ryan Winkler (District 46A) kicked off Working America’s Minimum Wage Challenge at a press conference yesterday. Five state Representatives from across Minnesota will participate in the Minimum Wage Challenge including: Reps. Karen Clark (District 62A), Frank Hornstein (District 61A), John Lesch (District 66B), Jason Metsa (District 6B), and Shannon Savick (District 27A). Heidi Durand, a City Council member from Moorhead, has also announced she is taking the challenge. Below is a list of events that will take place this week across as part of the Minimum Wage Challenge.

The Challenge will run from Feb. 18-24 and is part of a statewide push to highlight the critical need to pass a Minnesota minimum wage increase. Rep. Winkler is the sponsor of a bill that would raise the minimum wage in Minnesota, which will be considered when the legislature is back in session.

The first day of the Challenge focused on setting a budget for things like food and transportation to determine, roughly, what is affordable. On the second and third day of the Challenge, participants are grocery shopping within the means of their budget and exploring housing and transportation options. Rep. Karen Clark, for example, will be exploring the different housing options available on a minimum wage budget at 4pm in her office at the State Office Building. Rep. Shannon Savick will go grocery shopping in Albert Lea.

On Monday, each participant will host a “reality check” meeting with low-wage workers whose real experiences shed light on the impact of bad economic policies better than any week-long challenge possibly could.

Schedule of Events:

Rep. Shannon Savick – 2/20 at 2pm
Grocery Challenge
2708 Bridge Ave
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Rep. Karen Clark – 2/20 at 4PM
Housing Challenge
477 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155


Please contact Shannon Maurer, 202-604-2464, or Brianna Halverson, 612-803-3458, for more information about the schedule of events or to arrange interviews.

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