Raising Voices in Duluth to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

By KBJR News 1

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - One group in Duluth is raising its voice to raise the federal minimum wage.

Take Action Minnesota helped organize the rally outside of U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack's office, asking for his help.

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.

Speakers presented what they believe are the benefits to having a higher minimum wage, including more jobs for the 99 percent.

"You can't afford a lot of things just making minimum wage. It doesn't pay day care. It doesn't buy the winter coats and the winter boots for kids, sometimes. And it certainly doesn't pay the heating bills here in Minnesota, so just the reality of giving people an opportunity to have a healthy prosperous life is really the key of raising something like minimum wage," said speaker Brandon Clokey.

A spokesperson for Representative Chip Cravaack said,"Based on conversations with constituents, Rep. Cravaack finds it unlikely that increasing the minimum wage, along with the President's proposed tax increase on nearly one million small businesses, would help create Minnesota jobs."

The event was part of a national "99 Percent Uniting Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage."

It's one of more than 30 that took place around the nation.

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