let us remind ourselves what we are talking about when we talk about the minimum wage: We are talking about a floor– what we as a society have said is the bare minimum an employer can pay a worker and still be considered an ethical, responsible company. Bare. Minimum. If the legislature passes the highest number anyone has talked about — $9.50 an hour — that annual salary puts the average person still well below the federal poverty level. People cannot sustain themselves or a family on these wages. And, as our economy as transferred wealth from working and middle classes to the wealthiest, the myth of minimum wage workers being just teenagers is–just that– a myth. Minimum wage is the new normal for millions of Americans.
Great post. Take a few minutes to see where your MN state senator stands on raising and indexing the state minimum wage. Patricia Torres Ray, my senator, has stated that she supports both.
“There is no circumstance under which the Senate is going to do inflation. They can sit there until the snow melts — it’s not going to happen. We have checked with our members and we don’t have the votes for that.”—
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk
Members of the House and Senate minimum wage conference committee traded offers Tuesday evening, with the issue of indexing the wage to inflation emerging as the key sticking point in negotiations.
Working with the City’s Communications Department, I was able to implement a policy change to post all Council and Committee meeting videos on YouTube, and also end the practice of taking down videos after two weeks. This change will result in meetings being easier to find and share, as well as…
“"It appears increasingly uneconomic for the customer to drive 20 to 30 miles round trip to a supercenter to save a marginal amount on consumable goods—particularly when consumables, including food, are becoming more broadly distributed," Exstein said.”—Are big box WalMart stores past peak?
During last week’s Zoning and Planning meeting, we took a vote on whether to permit the demolition of three buildings in Dinkytown. Doran Companies has sought to demolish these three buildings in order to build a hotel on the site, which is a controversial topic.
“I finally got back to our house in the evening and was overwhelmed with the love and support flooding in from every direction – our coaches and techs, teammates, friends from other teams here, and especially from back home. I loved the pictures and stories I heard from the Chilkoot Café where all my friends back home got up at 3:30 am to cheer and watch the race…I heard there were about 200 people there! That’s amazing! It’s so incredibly awesome to feel that love from home, and it makes all the difference in the world. Thank you so, so much everyone!”—Nice write-up of the women’s Olympic cross country ski relay by Afton’s Jessie Diggins.
“Prices climbed 15 percent in 2013 as inventory dwindled in the Twin Cities, particularly among foreclosures. Yet, prices remain down from the 2007 peak. One of the most eager groups of buyers is twenty-something singles who like city living, says Walgrave.”—Derek Walgrave breaks it down. Happy Valentine’s Day to Minneapolis’ city living, home buying 20-somethings.
The mother of one of the two “distressed babies” cited by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong—who isn’t an AOL employee but is married to one—speaks up:
Some commentators have questioned the implausibility of “million-dollar babies.” I have no expertise in health care costs, but I have a 3-inch thick folder of hospital bills that range from a few dollars and cents to the high six figures (before insurance adjustments). So even though it’s unlikely that AOL directly paid out those sums, I don’t take issue with Armstrong’s number.
I take issue with how he reduced my daughter to a “distressed baby” who cost the company too much money. How he blamed the saving of her life for his decision to scale back employee benefits. How he exposed the most searing experience of our lives, one that my husband and I still struggle to discuss with anyone but each other, for no other purpose than an absurd justification for corporate cost-cutting.
Brutal stuff. Think Armstrong will have a job next week?
I think Tim Armstrong should perhaps have gone with “diva CEO” rather than “distressed babies” when talking about where the money went. The company doesn’t have a lot of control over individual’s medical expenses. But it has a lot of control over what it pays the guy at the top.
Or, to put it slightly differently, if AOL wants an embarrassment as a CEO, I’ll do the job for a mere $5 mil.
This, to me, is a good reminder that the high end of American medical care is phenomenal. And phenomenally expensive. And, that the cost, quality, and access to medical care American varies by where and if someone is employed (or married to/child of).
“this guy needs a life lol haha painting over gang grafiti and shit lol fur real it aint even a big deal i live in MN in the twin citys and damn this dude lol haha”—I stumbled across the YouTube comments on a video MinnPost created in 2008 about my graffiti clean-up hobby.
“What you are doing is you are the hens and you open up the hen house to the fox. The NFL comes in and opens up their super store and all they are doing is selling their NFL memorabilia. What you have done is invited a national chain to come into your community and compete with you.”—
University of South Florida economics professor Philip Porter, on the economic impact of hosting a Super Bowl
It seems like construction unions would be playing a smarter game if they allied themselves with people who both respect the environment AND collective bargaining. Who support investments in our schools AND fair wages. Or, Jason George could lobby to do for MN what BP did to the Gulf Coast.
“Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.””—