Finally have a plan, after Rochester Senior Center and Rec Center officials pulled the rug out from under our previous plan for Thursday's Dialogues -- here's the brief that will run today:
Minnesota is one of just a few states nationally with a lower minimum wage than the national rate, and the Minnesota Legislature is considering proposals to address that. One would increase the minimum wage to $7.75 per hour, above the national minimum of $7.25, and another would raise it to $9.50 per hour. Some legislators, including DFL Rep. Kim Norton, of Rochester, have pushed for tiers for young people and tipped workers.
The issue was discussed by lawmakers at a Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast last week, and it's on the agenda for the Post-Bulletin Dialogues event on Thursday at the Rochester Public Library.
The hour-long community meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library auditorium. Joining P-B Managing Editor Jay Furst will be Brad Jones of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau; Dan McElroy of Hospitality Minnesota, the state trade association; Brian Brandt, president of Local 21 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union in Rochester; and possibly a local legislator of two, if they can get away from the Capitol Thursday.
The event is an informal, Q & A-style dialogue with the audience, so bring your questions, or send them in advance to Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org.