St. Paul Minimum Wage Study Committee

After an initial scoping project completed this year, an independent study committee will convene to answer key questions that were identified.

The Citizens League is convening an independent study committee to answer key questions surrounding a minimum wage ordinance in the City of Saint Paul.  The study committee, whose members have been selected by the Citizens League, will represent a balance of different perspectives on this issue. Their charge will be to review previous scoping work, review other relevant research, agree on findings and conclusions from this effort, and finally, develop and put forward recommendations for a minimum wage ordinance to the City.

> Read more about the creation of our study committee in our initial press release.

The study committee will meet regularly from May 2018 to August 2018, with final recommendations delivered by the end of August. Committee meetings are open to be observed by the public. Meeting location, times, materials, minutes, and other documents will be made public here once determined.

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Phase 1 Scoping Project Report

The Citizens League was commissioned by The Saint Paul Foundation to help the city of St. Paul, its employers and employees, and residents explore questions related to and potential impacts of raising the minimum wage.

From November 2017 to February 2018, the Citizens League conducted a scoping project to identify the key questions, resources, and stakeholders that would need to be part of a larger potential effort in 2018 to answer these questions and propose an implementation plan for the city of St. Paul on this issue.

> Click here to read the phase 1 report: Gathering Community Input on a Possible Minimum Wage Increase in St. Paul (pdf)

Study Committee Members & Affiliations
  1. B. Kyle, President/CEO, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
  2. Rick Varco, Political Director, SEIU Healthcare MN

(In alphabetical order)

  1. Bob Brick, President/CEO, Ally People Solutions
  2. Samuel Callahan, Cook, Taco Bell
  3. Dillon Donnelly, Saint Paul resident & Director of Business Development, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing
  4. Paris Dunning, Director of the East Side Area Business Association (ESABA)
  5. Mr. Barry Gisser, CFO, Science Museum of Minnesota, Citizens League Member (member since 2014)
  6. Matt Gray, Server, WA Frost Restaurant
  7. Jon Grebner, Political Action Director, AFSCME Council 5
  8. Matt Halley, Executive Director, Cookie Cart
  9. Doug Hennes, VP, Government Relations and Special Projects, University of St. Thomas
  10. Ms. Mary Hicks, Principal Gift Officer, University of Minnesota Office of Institutional Advancement, Citizens League Member (member since 1991)
  11. Sarah Kopp-Reddy, Server, Pizza Luce
  12. Andrew Kopplin, Owner, Kopplins Coffee Shops
  13. Rebecca Lucero, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  14. Tim Mahoney, Saint Paul resident and Owner of The Loon Cafe
  15. Veronica Mendez Moore, Co-Director, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL)
  16. Oscar Murcia, Owner, El Guanaco Bakery Y Cafe
  17. Kera Peterson, Political Director/Campaign Manager, Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation
  18. Sam Peterson, Owner, Kyatchi
  19. Pang Vang, Owner, Rainbow Health Kare, Inc.
Meeting Times & Locations

The study committee will meet regularly from May 2018 to August 2018, with final recommendations delivered by the end of August. Committee meetings are open to be observed by the public.

> Click here for a full listing of meeting times & locations.

Meeting materials and minutes will be posted below when they become available.

All future meetings are from 8:30am-10:30am at the St. Thomas Campus.

  • McNeely Hall is located at 2060 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105 (map)
  • O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is located at 1-, 39 Cleveland Ave N, St Paul, MN 55105 (map)
  • Anderson Hall is located at 2115 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105 (map)
Meeting Materials
May 24, 2018
May 31, 2018

University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108

June 7, 2018

University of St. Thomas, Anderson Student Center, Room 340

June 28, 2018

University of St. Thomas, McNeely Hall, Room 100

July 12, 2018

University of St. Thomas, McNeely Hall, Room 100

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In the News

Nine business owners give their thoughts on a $15 minimum wage in St. PaulPioneer Press, 7/7/2018

Minimum Wage Goes Up In MinneapolisWCCO, 7/2/2018

Minimum wage increases in, 7/1/2018

Lowest-paid workers get a raise in Minneapolis on SundayStar Tribune, 6/29/2018

Momentum builds for $15 minimum wage in St. PaulStar Tribune, 6/28/2018

Minimum Wage Study Committee: Week 6 Recap — Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Blog, 6/19/2018

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter InterviewMPRNews, 6/12/2018 (Minimum Wage statement around 40:00)

Minimum Wage Study Committee: Week 5 Recap — Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Blog, 6/12/2018

Public input sessions begin on St. Paul’s $15 minimum wage proposalFox9, 6/7/2108

St. Paul Asking for Input on Possible Minimum Wage IncreaseKSTP, 6/7/2018

Should St. Paul Raise Its Minimum Wage?WCCO, 6/7/2018

Twin Cities restaurant owners, employees prepare for minimum wage hikesMinnesota Watchdog, 6/7/2018

Minimum Wage Study Committee: Week 4 Recap — Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Blog, 6/5/2018

Alison Diffendal: Support a higher minimum wage irrespective of tips Pioneer Press (Opinion), 5/31/2018

St. Paul schedules four community discussions on a possible minimum-wage increasePioneer Press, 5/29/2018

Minimum Wage Study Committee: Week 3 Recap — Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Blog, 5/29/2018

Public can weigh in on St. Paul minimum wage this summerStar Tribune, 5/29/2018

Student groups push for $15 minimum wage on campus — Minnesota Daily, 5/29/2018

For chefs and servers, minimum wage hike changes tippingStar Tribune, 5/27/2018

Minimum Wage Study Committee: Week 2 RecapSaint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Blog, 5/22/2018

St. Paul Parks and Rec would be hit hardest by $15-an-hour minimumPioneer Press, 5/21/2018

In first State of City address, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter talks wages, police, gun violence — Pioneer Press, 5/19/2018

Council member representing the most small businesses is torn over $15-an-hour minimum — Pioneer Press, 5/19/2018

House supplemental budget bill would create statewide ‘tip credit’ in Minnesota — MinnPost, 5/18/2018

Unintended consequences of $15 an hour in St. PaulMetro State Metropolitan, 5/18/2018

League embarks on in-depth study of minimum wage hikeVillager, 5/9/2018 (pdf)

St. Paul asks Citizens League to complete second study on $15 minimum wagePioneer Press, 4/26/2018

Why, amid the push for higher minimum wages, talking about a ‘benefits cliff’ has become so controversialMinnPost, 4/25/2018

Solving Community Issues Requires Community Voice — The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, 2/23/2018

In report on effects of St. Paul minimum-wage hike, echoes of Minneapolis debateMinnPost, 2/22/2018

St. Paul City Council hears first report on minimum wage hikeStar Tribune, 2/21/2018

‘$15 Now’ advocates rally after report presented to St. Paul councilPioneer Press, 2/21/2018

New report on minimum wage in St. Paul lays out the stakesPioneer Press, 2/19/2018

These kids are earning while they learn. Should they get $15 an hour? — Pioneer Press, 2/16/2018

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter walks into $15 minimum wage battleStar Tribune, 2/3/2018

Why St. Paul’s minimum wage ordinance is probably gonna look a whole lot like Minneapolis’ minimum wage ordinanceMinnPost, 1/19/2018

Editorial: A deep breath on the minimum wage in St. PaulPioneer Press Editorial Board, 12/17/2017

St. Paul can do better than Minneapolis on minimum wage questionStar Tribune Editorial Board, 11/30/2017

Minimum wage debate takes off in St. Paul, with next mayor promising $15Star Tribune, 11/25/2017

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