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(ST. PAUL) - In response to discussion on the pay equity issue in the omnibus State Government Operations and Elections bill today in the House of Representatives, Rep. Marion Greene (DFL-Minneapolis) and Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) issued the following statement:
“Pay equity for women is a serious issue that unfortunately still needs to be addressed," said Rep. Greene. “This year, some legislators have addressed the issue by moving us backwards. Since HF7 was introduced my DFL colleagues and I have fought this bill and stood for equal pay for women. When white women earn 76 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts in 2011 and the disparity is even worse for women of color, we cannot be idle. I support the Local Government Pay Equity Act because it works. Women and men are paid equal wages for equal work in the public sector in Minnesota local governments.
“The Senate author called the bill to repeal pay equity ‘really stupid’ when he pulled the legislation. Women and girls across the state waited too long for Rep. Drazkowski, the House author, to listen to our call to pull his bill. As we’ve been saying all session, the Republican agenda disproportionately affects women. Whether it’s cutting jobs in education and health care or the drive to increase property taxes, Minnesota women will be negatively affected by the GOP budget.”
“Equality is not a partisan issue- it is an American ideal,” said Rep. Murphy. “We are glad we have removed this backwards provision, however work remains. In terms of equal pay for equal work, women in Minnesota are not yet equal. This issue demands our continued diligence. Minnesota's pay equity law is one form of that diligence.”
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