In November, St Paul elected Melvin Carter III as our next mayor, and yesterday he took office. Carter won in an unexpected landslide, in part because he was the most vocal supporter of raising the minimum wage to $15/hour with no carve-outs or exemptions. In October, Carter said:
“No one who works full time should ever be stuck living in poverty… as mayor, my goal will be to sign a $15 minimum wage with no tip penalty into law by the end of next summer.”
It’s no accident that St Paul voters chose the candidate who articulated a clear plan to pass a $15 minimum wage with no carve-outs or exemptions. With 40% of St Paul living in poverty and 1 in 4 jobs in the city paying less than $15/hour, we need to pass bold measures to temper the crisis of poverty.
But we know big business interests like the Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Restaurant Association are already using their influence in City Hall to slow and weaken a policy raising the wage. We need to build a powerful movement to hold Mayor Carter to his word.
On Tuesday from 2:30-6:30 Mayor Carter is hosting a community mural painting event at the Rice Street Library. It would be a great place to tell him why you support $15 in St Paul!
Mayor Carter is also hosting a series of “Imagine Saint Paul Meet-ups” to hear from residents about what they want to see in the city.
Attend any that work for you and let Mayor Carter know why you support $15 with no carve-outs!