Creating Good Jobs with Good Wages

Good jobs are the key to self-sufficiency and success. Too many have been held back due to wage stagnation or low wages, the rising cost of health care, lack of affordable access to needed training, and limited job opportunities.

A record of results

  • Diane twice helped pass laws that made major increases in Minnesota's minimum wage (which is now dramatically higher than the federal level, has phased increases, and is indexed for inflation). 
  • Diane supported efforts to make higher education more affordable for both full time and part-time students. Many need to retrain or upgrade skills while still working. 
  • Diane's been a leading voice for small businesses, working hard to reduce their health insurance and property tax costs so they have more funds for wages and growth. 
  • Diane's supported the state's model programs for getting more people of color, women and people of disabilities into the state employment and hired in state-funded projects.

But more remains to be done

  • Diane is again pursuing a $15 minimum wage for those who provide direct care to frail elders and people with disabilities in their home and the community. This literally can be lifesaving work and deserves respect and better pay. Currently, the low wages and 8,000 vacancies threaten the stability and reliability of a system of care so many depend on.
  • Diane will continue to be a leader in working to reduce the cost of health insurance. It stifles wage growth and keeps too many from needed care. Minnesota Care Buy In will grant all buying on their own to get affordable coverage using the state’s large purchasing power. Small businesses need the same big purchasing power as large employers
  • Diane will continue to push for adequate and fair wages for all, expanded retirement options, paid time off for illness and the birth of a child, and fair scheduling. We can’t afford to subsidize all the underpaid workers with government assistance– that’s hidden corporate welfare for profitable companies. All also deserve the right to choose a collective voice for all workers.
  • Diane will continue to prioritize help for community based small businesses over subsidizing large developments and hedging the investment bets of the wealthy.
  • Diane has supported and will continue to advocate for programs that address the wage gap experienced by women and people of color and to require equal pay policies.
  • Diane will help create new competitive wage employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Their unemployment rate is the highest of any group in Minnesota and some are unnecessarily stuck in below minimum wage work.