NEWSBRIEF: Citywide minimum wage meeting

The City of St. Paul is hosting a series of public meetings on a future citywide minimum wage increase. These sessions will offer additional venues and formats for community members to provide input and respond to the Citizens League Minimum Wage Phase 2 and Study Committee process. Workers, business owners, and residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the Citizens League Minimum Wage Phase 2 process. The leagues’ second phase of work includes facilitating a Study Committee process, conducting a localized economic analysis, and producing a final report.

The first and second session will focus on the Citizens League process and gathering feedback in facilitated small group breakouts. Data from the first two sessions will be collected and shared with the Study Committee. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave. The second session is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon and the location will be announced at a later date.

The third and fourth sessions will follow the release of the Citizens League Phase 2 Report. Attendees' discussion will focus on the results of the Citizen Leagues’ final report, economic analysis, and recommendations by the Study Committee surrounding a future ordinance. The third session is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.. to 12 noon. The fourth session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Locations for these sessions will also be announced at a later date. For those unable to attend the sessions in person, comments may be sent via email to minwage@citizensleague.org, and recorded voice messages may be provided by calling 651-401-2474. For the most current information about the public sessions on minimum wage, please visit www.stpaul.gov/departments/mayors-office/minimum-wage-sessions. 

In February, The Citizens League presented results from their Phase 1 scoping project on a minimum wage ordinance in St. Paul to the City Council and Mayor Melvin Carter. Following the presentation, city officials requested the organization begin the second phase of their work, which includes leading an independent study committee. The Study Committee will provide feedback to previously identified key questions and economic analysis specific to St. Paul. The Citizens League will conclude their Phase 2 report and conclude the Study Committee process by Aug. 31, 2018. For more information about the Citizens League Phase 2 and Study Committee process please visit citizensleague.org/projects/minimum-wage.

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