Minnesota has a miniimum wage of $9 an hour.
Minor league baseball players, working on a (very low) salary and putting in long hours, frequently earn less than that.
Saint Paul is about to phase its minimum wage up to $15 an hour. That’s pretty much more than anyone on a Single-A team makes.
And so the Saint Paul Saints – after wheedling a stadium out of the city’s taxpayers – say they may have to shut down if they don’t get an exemption:
Noting league rules limit the baseball team’s payroll, the Saints say without the exemption they could possibly be forced to cease operations.
“We’re in a league that has a salary cap,” Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Sharrer told state lawmakers earlier this week. “So … if minimum wage and overtime laws were to impact us, then we may be in a position to not be able to abide by our league bylaws, which would force us not to be able to operate.”
The issue comes just three years after the Saints moved into their new home, CHS Field, in downtown St. Paul. Public funds contributed $51.4 million to the ballpark’s construction.
They’ll get it. Lawmakers love sports teams.
All the businesses in Saint Paul without the same level of political clout?
Let’s just watch the implosion.