Minimum Wage Sessions

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The City of Saint 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 was held on for Thursday, June 7 from 5:30-8:30 P.M. at Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55130.

The second session is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 from 9:00 A.M.-11:15 A.M. at the Metropolitan State University Student Center located at 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106 and is made possible by an in-kind donation from Metropolitan State University. RSVP here.

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, September 15 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. The fourth session is scheduled for Thursday, September 20 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Locations for these sessions will also be announced at a later date.

In February, The Citizens League presented results from their Phase 1 scoping project on a minimum wage ordinance in Saint 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 Saint Paul. The Citizens League will conclude their Phase 2 report and conclude the Study Committee process by August 31, 2018. For more information about the Citizens League Phase 2 and Study Committee process please visit

Click here for frequently asked questions about the Saint Paul Minimum Wage Community Sessions.

Click here for the agenda for the second Community Session on Saturday, August 4 or see below.

For those unable to attend the sessions in person, comments may be sent via email to, and recorded voice messages may be provided by calling 651-401-2474. 


Welcome Remarks

  • Melvin Carter, Saint Paul Mayor
  • Chris Tolbert, Saint Paul City Councilmember Ward 3
  • Jane Prince, Saint Paul City Councilmember Ward 7

Citizens League Overview

  • Pahoua Hoffman, Executive Director of Citizens League, will present information about the Minimum Wage Project Study Committee

Small Group Discussions

  • Table Leads from the Bureau of Mediation Services will guide small groups through four questions

Individual Input

  • Attendees will have multiple options to give input and share their perspective on raising Saint Paul’s minimum wage to the Citizens League

Wrap Up

For those unable to attend the sessions in person, comments may be sent via email to, and recorded voice messages may be provided by calling 651-401-2474.