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Hennepin County employees will see minimum wage rise to $20 an hour


March 24, 2021

Jerry Holt • Star Tribune

Andrea Carter, an employee at the Ridgedale library In Minnetonka.

Hennepin County on Tuesday became the only public sector government organization in the Midwest to offer its employees a minimum wage of $20 an hour.

The new wage will affect 480 employees that include office specialists, food-service workers, community health workers and case-management assistants. The increase, which could bump an employee's annual salary as much as $10,000, starts March 28.

"It's really humbling to know that something we are doing has other large organizations watching," Commissioner Angela Conley said after the unanimous vote. "Hopefully they will follow suit."


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