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DGA Chair Shumlin Applauds Governor Dayton for Raising Minnesota’s Minimum Wage

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, today issued the following statement regarding Governor Mark Dayton signing the bill that raised Minnesota’s minimum wage:
“I’d like to congratulate Governor Dayton for his leadership in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade. Before today, Minnesota had one of the lowest minimum wages in the country, but Governor Dayton took decisive action. He understands that no American who works full-time should be forced to live in poverty. He knows that raising the minimum wage gives hard-working families more money to spend and to invest, which increases economic activity and growth.
“The defining mission of Governor Dayton and all of our Democratic governors is to strengthen the middle class by raising wages and expanding economic opportunity. Unfortunately, Republican governors remain committed to a failed, top-down economic philosophy that showers the wealthiest and corporations with tax breaks and special deals at the expense of the middle class and investments in education. Republicans are on the wrong side of the people of their states when it comes to raising the minimum wage and they will be punished for it in November.”