State Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby, was recently selected by House Speaker Paul Thissen to serve on the Speaker’s Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs.
The select committee, chaired by Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, will research, investigate, report and propose legislation to address the decline of living wage jobs in Minnesota.
Members of the select committee include Reps. Susan Allen, DFL-Minneapolis; Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington; Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury; Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie; and JoAnn Ward, DFL-Woodbury.
Minnesota’s median income was once near the top in the nation, but has dropped out of the top 10. In addition, fewer people are participating in the work force than any time in the last 30 years.
The Select Committee will investigate and research a number of issues areas, including wages, benefits and cost of living; worker skills and training; regional, gender and race disparities; labor organizing, minimum wage and mandatory benefits; consumer demand, competitiveness and economic growth.
Winkler has said he plans to hold hearings at the Legislature and in other regions of the state to gather ideas and input from workers, the business community, economists and policy experts.
Previous Speakers have appointed Select Committees to assess a variety of pressing issues such as the creation of a Select Committee to report on the recession of the early 1990s. The Select Committee has been asked to report back with a report and draft legislation. This will conclude the duties of the committee and it will be terminated.