This Congressman was so excited over his city’s new legislation, he couldn’t help but sing a little song in celebration.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) has been lobbying to raise the minimum wage in Minneapolis for years now – and finally, that dream has come to fruition.

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved new legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2024, making it one of only a few American cities that have implemented laws for higher worker compensation.

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That’s why Ellison took to social media with a video of himself playing a little tune on the guitar in anticipation of the new legislation.

“I’ve been marching for my 15 – gettin’ paid, now that’s what I mean. I need money. That’s what I want,” crooned Ellison. “The best things in life aren’t free – but you can give them to the birds and the bees. I need money, that’s what I want.”

In addition to the video, Ellison posted a reminder about why higher minimum wage matters for the city.

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“Today, Minneapolis took a big step toward renewing the promise of the American Dream,” wrote Ellison. “‘The American Dream’ should mean that in a country this prosperous, nobody who works for their living should live in poverty. Yet today, working a full-time job at minimum wage doesn’t lift an American worker out of poverty – it keeps her in it.”

recent survey showed that the average 2-bedroom home in Minneapolis cost roughly $2,000 a month – a whopping price tag for the 71,000 minimum wage workers currently employed in the city.

The first pay raises of the ordinance will begin for larger businesses in January 2018 – however, the deadlines for smaller businesses are set to be slightly more relaxed in order to ease the financial transition.

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  1. Look at how great it is working for Seattle — articles all over the place about laid off workers, shut down restaurants and automated service taking over these #Entrylevel jobs that were never meant to support a family, but to help get though school to get a real career. Can’t fix stupid..

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