Committee members convene for first meeting, embarking on four-month study on ordinance options for Saint Paul.

We kicked off our Minimum Wage Study Committee last week with our first meeting. Members of the committee — made up of diverse backgrounds, interests and perspectives — introduced themselves to one another, and heard from Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Council Member Chris Tolbert, and Citizens League Board Chair Cyndi Lesher, welcoming them to the committee. Read bios of all our study committee members here.

The committee will meet weekly through August to ultimately provide feedback on minimum wage ordinance options for Saint Paul, as laid out in a resolution passed by the Saint Paul City Council last month.

As with past study committees, this independent group will follow our study process, as laid out in the Citizens League Study Committee Handbook. This guide lays out our process, roles, and responsibilities of the committee, its co-chairs, and staff.

The committee heard a presentation from Thomas Durfee, PhD student at the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics, on findings from the phase 1 scoping phase of this project, and findings from a study on the effects of the recent minimum wage ordinance of Minneapolis. Slides to Mr. Durfee’s presentation are available here.

The committee will meet weekly until August. We are publishing study committee meeting materials, minutes and other details on our project page at Check back often for regular updates. Our study committee meetings are open to the public. Meetings can be found on the project page.

> Read more about the kick-off our study committee.