I'm a strong believer in both locally-owned businesses, and living wage policies. In 2005, I wrote and produced a short documentary shown on Work Day Minnesota that was considered for the national Media Matters award. It shows how the assumed benefits of having Wal-Mart come to St. Paul didn't measure up to the reality, and how our civil society often has to absorb the real economic and social costs of big box stores.
So what's next?
I support the $15 Now campaign. We need to pass a phased-in $15 per hour wage so individuals and families can pay for the basics in life. A Minneapolis study says 71,000 families are lifted out of poverty with a $15/hour wage. If we believe work has dignity, then all work needs to be compensated so that people can live with dignity.