February 18, 2014
Have you ever considered how you’d survive on the state’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage?
Starting today Minnesota State Representatives Karen Clark (Minneapolis), Frank Hornstein (Minneapolis), John Lesch (St. Paul), Jason Metsa (Virgina), and Shannon Savick (Wells) are doing the unthinkable and pledging to live on that amount for one week, in an effort to raise the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour.
That’s right, starting today local politicians will see just how far the minimum wage gets them when it comes time to buy groceries, find a place to live or pay for health insurance.
Be sure to check the site for daily updates on the politicians’ progress and join us in our efforts to provide a living wage to everyone in the state. Minnesota needs a raise!
Day 1: So, what does a weekly budget look like for someone making minimum wage?
Today, Representatives from across the state set out to do what many working-class individuals in Minnesota do on a regular basis: create a budget.
In an effort to prove just how unsustainable a $7.25 an hour wage is, State Representatives have teamed with Working America and pledged to live on the state minimum wage for a whole week.
The representatives’ main task will be to figure out what’s affordable under their new hourly wage. The budget will account for expenses such as groceries, transportation, housing and more.
The Minimum Wage Challenge is our effort to raise the minimum wage to a livable $9.50. Help us give hardworking Minnesota residents a much needed pay increase by signing the petition here.