Minnesota Gov. holds his last "Meetings with Mark" in MoorheadMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is taking his budget proposals directly to the people.
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is taking his budget proposals directly to the people.
And tonight, Moorhead was his latest stop. Governor Dayton calls these town hall meetings, "meetings with mark".
It gives the Democrat a chance to sell his proposal to raise taxes on the richest 2 percent of Minnesotans, or about 185 residents of Clay County.
Republicans say it would be a tax on job providers and hurt the economy.
These meetings also give the public a chance to weigh in with what's on their minds. We heard about everything from education funding to the minimum wage.
One college student, struggling to pay tuition and bills, was concerned that an increase in the minimum wage would hurt employers.
Kate says, "our employers especially within like restaurant businesses would not be able to give us as many hours or hire as many people."
Gov. Mark Dayton says, "Our minimum wage in Minnesota lagging well below the national average i think that needs to be corrected and again i'm supportive of the higher level because you should get paid for your work so you don't have to work all the time and still go to school."
Minnesota's minimum wage is 7.25 an hour. Dayton would like to see that raised to 9 to 9.50. Republicans say that would be bad for business.
A bill to boost the wage has cleared its final committee in the Minnesota House.