A controversial bill aiming to override Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s new paid sick leave and wage ordinances is making its way through the legislature. Minneapolis restaurant owner Eric Foster says the measure is harmful to local democracy and “it’s frustrating that all that work now could be taken away by legislators who I don’t know, I haven’t seen at my restaurant. I see my city council member both the one who represents my home and the one that represents the area where my business is, I see them all the time at my restaurant.” But Cam Winton with the Minnesota Chamber Commerce argues that state employers need “one set of rules to play by”and says “in contrast, this patchwork of city by city ordinances presents severe challenges, logistical challenges, administrative challenges, legal challenges, HR challenges. The bill, which passed through a Senate jobs committee on a 6-3 vote Monday, now moves on to a local government committee.
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