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Minimum Wage Debate Closer to Breakthrough in Minn.

Updated: 03/04/2014 7:00 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 5:20 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A breakthrough on the minimum wage front in Minnesota could be near.

Senate DFL negotiators say they're now in agreement with raising it to $9.50 an hour in Minnesota. Their proposal would phase in the increase.

It would go up to $8 an hour in August, $9 in 2015 and then $9.50 in 2016 for large employers.

However, House DFL negotiators aren't quite on board with the plan.

While they like the final amount, they say the proposal is incomplete and doesn't address things like small employers or inflation.

Republicans argue raising the minimum wage will hurt small businesses and lead to job layoffs.


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