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President Obama's agenda for 2 days in Minneapolis

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President Obama will be in Minneapolis this Thursday and Friday for a pair of events focused on economic policy. Minnesota was chosen as the destination for the economic town hall and policy speech because of the state’s minimum wage hike passed this legislative session.

OBAMA EVENTS

Thursday, June 26
Town Hall with President Obama
2 p.m. Minnehaha Park
Open to invited guests

Friday, June 27
President Obama speech
11 a.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell
Public tickets will be distributed

The president will also attend a previously-planned fundraiser for the congressional campaigns of House Democrats.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

According to a White House-published YouTube video, President Obama will spend Thursday with a Minneapolis mother – identified only as Rebekah – who wrote him a letter about her struggles as a middle class American.

"I think it's going to be wonderful for me to let Rebekah know not only am I listening, but that she's not alone out there,” Obama said in the video (http://youtu.be/v0x4aSM5yM4). “What I’m hoping to do when I get a chance to see Rebekah directly is to tell her that not only am I listening and paying attention, but there are actually policies out there that could actually make a difference in her life if we can get Washington to work on her behalf.”

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to the president, said Obama’s meeting with Rebekah is going to be part of a series of “days in the life” that have been planned.

“The president is going to visit a community, spend a whole day there, talk to small business owners, families, workers – get a real sense of what’s happening in America and have a real discussion with them about what’s moving this country forward,” Pfeiffer said.

Fox 9 News found Obama's advance team scouting out the Lake Harriet bandshell where the president will deliver a speech on the economy on Friday morning, but Sen. Jeff Hayden said, "We want Minnesotans to tell the stories."

Hayden and other DFL leaders hope Obama will highlight Minnesota's recent efforts to help the working class, including passing legislation to raise the minimum wage.

MINNESOTA MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

August 2014: $8 per hour
August 2015: $9.00 per hour
August 2016: $9.50 per hour, which can rise through inflation starting in 2018

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