Occupy Homes is calling for the Minneapolis Police Department to follow its own foreclosure protest protocol, which requires a number of steps before people can be arrested. The demand came after seven people occupying vacant houses were arrested within 10 days in March.
After months of negotiations, DFL leaders from the House and Senate announced an agreement raising Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016. The agreement also includes automatic increases in the minimum wage based on inflation. The “indexing” of the minimum wage was opposed by some in the Senate, stalling an agreement. The problem was resolved by building in an “off ramp,” which allows for the state to not increase the minimum wage if there is an “economic downturn.”
House Speaker Paul Thissen called the agreement, “a good day for Minnesota.” Asked if he expected a “backlash” from voters, he said “yes, a positive one.”
Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) thanked the participation of a coalition of faith and labor organizations that helped spur the minimum wage agreement.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Thissen both denied that there was any connection between the House approving a new Senate office building last week and Monday’s minimum wage agreement.
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It's a given that racial profiling -- when law enforcement authorities engage or enforce with an individual because of the person's race or ethnicity --happens. But what to do about the practice was the focus of a forum this week at Normandale Community College in Bloominhton.
Hunger strikers from Fast for Families stood on the steps of the State Capitol Friday as part of a national tour to urge Congress to support immigration reform legislation. Calling on GOP Rep. John Kline to help persuade Speaker of the House John Boehner to allow the Senate immigration reform bill to be voted on in the House, the hunger strikers stood with local politicians, community leaders and activists to push for change.