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Letter: Minimum wage can’t remain at current level

By Brian Abrhamson, Luverne While Minnesota House and Senate Republicans are bringing in distraction of "helping those that were most affected by outrageous rate increases" in health care costs, they are coming in behind to freeze minimum wages. Sen.

By Brian Abrhamson, Luverne

While Minnesota House and Senate Republicans are bringing in distraction of "helping those that were most affected by outrageous rate increases" in health care costs, they are coming in behind to freeze minimum wages. Sen. Bill Weber has tried to put these freezes through in the past. I can only hope that Governor Dayton would veto these freezes, but we have to cut this off at the pass before it goes that far.

Currently, we are making poverty wages at best. The minimum wage has not kept up with inflation, and there are those that are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. What Minnesota politicians don't understand is that the minimum wage doesn't just affect part-time high schoolers looking to make some fun money, flipping burgers at McDonald's. The minimum wage affects hard-working Minnesotans that have families and a mortgage. I would like to see Sen. Weber and his Republican House and Senate friends live off of a $9-an-hour rate. They would think it's an outrage.

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We need a livable wage of $15 an hour. The only reason why Republican House and Senate members wants to keep the minimum wage low is because of their lobbyists want to keep the minimum wage low. We need to stand up and let our House and Senate know that we will not accept their freeze of the minimum wage, and let them know that you deserve better. We have to let them know that our Minnesota families and union workers deserve better. We don't deserve a freeze on our poverty wages. Once a freeze is put into play, it'll literally take an act of Congress to get the freeze removed. Remember that they work for us, not the other way around.  

The Republican-run House and Senate is not impressing me. I'm not seeing anything so far that actually helps the hard-working families of Minnesota.

Brian Abrahamson

Luverne

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