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Dig deeper into the documents and research conducted prior to passage of the Minimum Wage Ordinance below.
Find all of the official records and legislative file here.
Extensive study and public input informed what eventually became the Minneapolis Minimum Wage Ordinance. During 2016-17, when demanded by residents, the City conducted extensive public listening sessions (linked below), cataloged existing policy data (comparative data tool below), commissioned an economic simulation (details and links below), and completed a city staff report, outlining recommendations.
2016 Economic Simulation Results
In 2016, a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, Howard University, Rutgers University, and the Economic Policy Institute replicated techniques used in prevalent economic literature to simulate the relative impact of a minimum wage at $12 and $15 per hour.
The study found that of the City’s 311,000 workers, about 47,000 would be affected by an increase to $12 per hour and about 71,000 would be affected by an increase to $15 per hour. Moreover, the study concludes that workers of color—especially Latino and black workers—would disproportionately benefit from an increased minimum wage.
People of color would disproportionally benefit from a wage increase
The difference in estimations for the effect of a minimum wage is largely due to the fact that each model makes different assumptions on the best way to test for these effects.
Service industries like restaurants, retail, fast food, health care and child care are where minimum wage work is concentrated and where the benefits and impacts will be felt strongest by both employees and employers.
Listening Session Recaps