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Living wage jobs is issue of legislative hearing Thursday in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR – A legislative committee will be taking testimony from workers about “living wage jobs” and a proposal to increase the minimum wage during a hearing Thursday in Willmar.

The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose room on the lower level of the Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. NE.

The bi-partisan select committee on living wage jobs, which is made up of seven members of the Minnesota House of Representatives, has been touring the state and posing the question, “How is Minnesota’s economy working for you?”

According to a press release from committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, the job and economic debate in past years has focused on the needs of employers, businesses and corporations.

At this meeting, committee members want to hear from workers and employees about their jobs, availability of good jobs in Willmar and the surrounding community and hear workers’ ideas about ways to improve jobs and the local economy.

“Those who can afford lobbyists have already weighed in on these issues in St. Paul, and we know where they stand,” Winkler. “Our committee is about workers in Minnesota, and we want to hear directly from workers in the Willmar area about their jobs—what’s working and what’s not.”

The legislature is considering increasing the minimum wage and legislators want to know how this would impact workers’ families, said Winkler.

Anyone who wants to testify should contact committee administrator Matthew Bergeron at 651-296-5413 or at

Individuals can also follow the Select Committee on Twitter @livingwagejobmn.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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