The battle to increase the minimum wage for Minnesota workers has long been deadlocked. Last Monday, a breakthrough was finally achieved, with Senate lawmakers signaling they were willing to back a hike to $9.50 an hour, from the current minimum hourly wage of $7.25, under the condition that it would apply only to big businesses. According to Governor Dayton, this increase could potentially provide 350,000 working Minnesotans with a raise. Still, there are many details to be worked out by the House and Senate before an increase can officially be mandated.
This Saturday, Gamut Gallery in downtown Minneapolis will work in conjunction with the artists of Rogue Citizen to host an exhibit seeking to raise awareness for low-wage workers in Minnesota. The show will feature over 40 pieces to be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis for a price of the purchasers' choosing, at or above minimum wage.