Living Wage Ordinance/Business Subsidy Act Programs

The Minneapolis Living Wage and Responsible Public Spending Ordinance replaced the City's previous Living Wage Policy.

Employment requirements and training opportunities

On Nov. 4, 2005 the Minneapolis City Council adopted the Minneapolis Living Wage and Responsible Public Spending Ordinance  which replaces the City’s Living Wage Policy. The Living Wage Ordinance, which implements the Business Subsidy Act, requires covered projects to create at least one full-time living wage job for each $25,000 of business subsidy. A state business subsidy is a grant, loan below market rate, contribution or assistance that is given to a business. State law contains numerous exemptions. But the city imposes its own requirements on subsidies valued at $100,000 or more and with the intention or end result of creating or retaining jobs. 

Minnesota Business Subsidy Act

Minneapolis Living Wage data

  • City of Minneapolis Living Wage refers to jobs that pay: 130% of poverty (federal poverty guidelines adjusted yearly) for a family of four (4) without health coverage provided by employer.
    OR
  • 110% of poverty (federal poverty guidelines adjusted yearly) for a family of four (4) with health coverage provided by employer.

Living Wage Rate effective January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

  • 130% of poverty for a family of four (4) without health coverage provided by employer. 2021 living wage: $34,450 or $16.56 per hour at 2,080 hours worked per year.
    OR
  • 110% of poverty for a family of four (4) with health coverage provided by employer. 2021 living wage: $29,150 or $14.01 per hour at 2,080 hours worked per year.

Job Linkage Program

The Minneapolis Job Linkage Program was originally adopted in 1991 and amended by the Minneapolis City Council in 1995 to provide a framework for city economic development programs and projects.

Any business that receives financial assistance from the city, even if it does not qualify as a City business subsidy, may be asked to sign a job linkage agreement. Job Linkage agreements encourage businesses to establish five-year job hiring and retention goals, hire Minneapolis residents and pay living wages. An integral part of this agreement involves a partnership between the business and neighborhood workforce development organization to assist in identifying, training and placing new employees.

Training programs

The City of Minneapolis through a network of employment service agencies connect individuals to training opportunities and provide work-ready job applicants to Minneapolis businesses. METP also administers a variety of youth work programs."

City of  through a network of employment service agencies connect individuals to training opportunities and provide work-ready job applicants to Minneapolis businesses. Employment and Training also administers a variety of youth work programs.

Contact Mark Brinda for more information.

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Mark Brinda

Community Planning & Economic Development
Employment and Training

 

Phone

612-673-6231

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415