Senate District 20 DFL

The May 30 article, “U.S. Rep. John Kline hears from Northfield college leaders,” left out an important student perspective on the congressman’s visit.

The meeting was part of Congressman Kline’s broader unwillingness to engage with students in his district. During his time on campus Thursday afternoon, Mr. Kline interacted with a handful of college officials and just two students handpicked by administration.
Can you live on minimum wage?

Minnesota’s minimum wage is $6.15 per hour for large employers.

If a person making minimum wage is lucky enough to have a full-time job - they would make $12,792 per year (pre-tax).

Gasoline Expenses:

If they work 20 miles from home, and have a vehicle that will get them 20 miles per gallon they would spend roughly $2,080.00 for gas per year (figuring 5 days a week). This leaves this person/family with $10,712.

Housing Expenses:

If they spend $500 per month for housing that will cost $6,000/year leaving them with $4,712.

$150 per month in utilities = $1,800.00/year leaving $2,912.

Scratching the Surface:

This is just scratching the surface - what about healthcare, what about car insurance and other insurance, what about food and what if you have children? Could you live on minimum wage?

The Truth:

The sad fact of the matter is that most folks being paid minimum wage in Minnesota work two or more jobs just to get by. 

Two or more jobs just to make enough for the bare minimum of life.

There’s legislation in the Minnesota State Legislature to improve lives. It would increase minimum wage over the course of two years to $10.55 per hour.

Read the House Legislation here (as amended):  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/docs/H0092-AsAmended.pdf 

The Senate’s companion bill here:
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=Senate&f=SF0003&ssn=0&y=2013

The Senate’s bill has not been amended yet. In a non-amended form this legislation doesn’t go far enough. On a national level the President is pushing to raise minimum wage to $9.00 per hour.

Watch here for more details about the fight to increase minimum wage in Minnesota.

State Senator Kevin Dahle and State Representative David Bly hosted town hall meetings in Lonsdale, Montgomery, New Prague, and Elko-New Market. This photo is from the Montgomery town hall.
(c) 2013 Senate District 20 DFL. All rights reserved.

State Senator Kevin Dahle and State Representative David Bly hosted town hall meetings in Lonsdale, Montgomery, New Prague, and Elko-New Market. This photo is from the Montgomery town hall.

(c) 2013 Senate District 20 DFL. All rights reserved.

You know that feeling of pleasure you get when you see someone stand up to a bullying, incompetent boss? It’s viscerally satisfying, isn’t it?

That’s the way I felt this morning when I heard Postmaster General Patrick Donahueannounce that the U.S. Postal Service intended to move forward with a plan to stop Saturday delivery of mail, effective sometime in August. In doing so, Donahue stuck his thumb in the eye of the U.S. Congress, the mail agency’s ultimate boss.  Bravo, Mr. Donahue.

This week Governor Mark Dayton laid out a positive vision to build a better Minnesota. I appreciate his forward-thinking approach to put our state on a path to long-term fiscal stability and economic prosperity.

Governor Mark Dayton went big and bold this week.  He took on the most powerful special interests in order to fix Minnesota’s chronic structural budget deficit problem.  Recent Minnesota Governors haven’t had the guts to do that.  This governor did.

The nitpickers are busily picking nits in Dayton’s proposal, and it’s not a perfect proposal.  But when you focus on the big picture, there is much to admire:

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Friday 5: Five Things to Know About State Rep. Elect David Bly’s New Term


 

5.  State Representative Elect David Bly has been assigned to the following committees:  Housing Finance and Policy; Education Policy; Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance; and - Judiciary Finance and Policy.

4.  He will be the Vice Chair of the Housing Finance and Policy Committee.

3.  This is State Rep. Bly’s third term. 

2.  The term of a State Representative is 2 years. State Rep. Bly will be up for re-election in 2014.

1.  You can learn more about State Rep. elect Bly on his State Rep. page:  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?id=15260

Friday 5: Five Things to Know About State Senator Elect Kevin Dahle’s New Term

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5.  State Senator Elect Kevin Dahle has been assigned to the following committees:  Commerce, E-12 Division, Education, and State & Local Government

4.  He will be the Vice Chair of the Education Committee.

3.  This is Senator Dahle’s second term. His past service will count towards his seniority in the State Senate. This matters when committee positions are being assigned.

2.  The term of a State Senator is 4 years. Senator Dahle will be up for re-election in 2016.

1.  Senator Dahle has a new official photo. You can view it here:  http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/member_photo.php?mem_id=1160&parm_status=ACTIVE