Dai is committed to passing the $15 minimum wage, and he doesn't support a tip penalty because he believes that consistent wages support and protect workers and families more. During the city’s process, Dai wants to ensure that businesses and workers of all backgrounds and industries are at the table, along with state and county staff to analyze potential impacts to public assistance recipients.


  • Led the “Open for Business” initiative to streamline better customer service experiences, and reduce the red tape that particularly disenfranchises potential minority business owners
  • Removed the government restriction on St. Paul liquor stores’ weekday business hours
  • Helped to get millions of dollars for the new Minnesota Wild practice facility in the old Macy’s building
  • Facilitated the privately-funded top-tier Major League Soccer stadium that will replace weeds and cracked blacktop in St. Paul’s Midway, while also catalyzing major redevelopment in the area
  • Convened a group of business owners around the new MLS stadium to discuss strategies to support them through the construction
  • Leverage a mix of public and private dollars to upgrade the roads around the MLS stadium site and make the area more bike friendly
  • Invested in neighborhood commercial nodes such as Selby and Victoria, Como/Front/Dale, and Lower Rice Street
  • Led the passage of the Responsible Banking Ordinance

Policy Platform

  • Supports a $15 minimum wage and flexibility for small businesses while they build up the revenue to sustain the higher wages
  • Cut red tape and use technology to streamline interactions with small business and City government
  • Restructure the Street Maintenance Program (Right-of-Way Assessment) to make it fair. Work with non-property tax paying organizations of St. Paul to help mitigate the expense of maintaining our beloved city
  • Promote St. Paul as great place to operate for businesses of every size
  • Create greater access to capital for small businesses
  • Create the Mayor's Committee of Business Partners (consisting of East Metro Fortune 500 CEOs and small business owners) to evaluate economic strategy and recruit new businesses and jobs to St. Paul