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Continued: Minimum wage fight comes to the Minnesota State Fair

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2013 - 10:58 PM

Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport worker Abdi Ali, who also participated in the call for higher wages, said he doesn’t want to become a burden for the state.

“Sometimes I cannot pay my rent or my other bills,” Ali said. “I don’t want to have to ask the state to pay my health insurance or [for] low-income housing.”

State Rep. Ryan Winkler, a Golden Valley DFLer and a lead advocate for a higher minimum wage, said there is no solid evidence that a higher minimum wage reshuffles the local economy. In fact, he said, higher wages get poured back right back into the community, as workers buy groceries, clothing and other essentials.

He hopes for a breakthrough next year.

“It took a little more work than we were expecting, so hopefully we can do it in 2014,” Winkler said.

Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044

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