Minimum Wage Policy Session and Public Hearing on Sept. 12 at 5:30 pm

SAINT PAUL CITY COUNCIL ASKS FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON MINIMUM WAGE RECOMMENDATIONS

Saint Paul, MN - On August 31st, 2018 the Citizens League’s independent Minimum Wage Study
Committee shared the results regarding proposals to raise minimum wage in Saint Paul. The Saint
Paul City Council will be hosting a policy session to hear recommendations from the study and gather
public input at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in Council Chambers of City Hall.

“This rigorous process brought in voices from the community whose daily lives would be impacted by
raising the minimum wage,” said Council President Amy Brendmoen, “I look forward to the initial
recommendations, and hearing reactions and input from the community.”

“We are grateful for the time, expertise, and thoughtful debate that the Study Committee brought to
this Task Force.” said Councilmember Chris Tolbert. “These recommendations will be the basis that we
use for a municipal wage ordinance in Saint Paul.”

In April the City Council requested that the Citizens League convene an independent study committee to
evaluate and provide the City Council with feedback on four components of establishing a municipal
minimum wage. Those components were:
1. What an appropriate minimum wage rate would be, and if and how it would be tied to inflation.
2. What, if any, exemptions would be appropriate for a minimum wage in St. Paul.
3. Whether there should be a tip penalty/credit in a minimum wage.
4. What an appropriate phase in time would be for a minimum wage.

The Minimum Wage Study Committee met publicly fourteen times over the course of this summer to
analyze these four components, and at the September 12th policy session the Citizens League will
present the Committee’s evaluation and feedback on these specific items regarding a minimum wage.
After the Citizens League has presented their study report to the City Council, and the Councilmembers
have had an opportunity to review and discuss the report, members of the public will have an
opportunity to share their thoughts with the Councilmembers.

The public policy session will be held on Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30 pm. It will be held in the
Council Chambers, which is located on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 15 West Kellogg Blvd.