Tuesday, January 21, 2014
(St. Paul, MN) -- Another push is set to start to raise the minimum wage in Minnesota to nine-dollars-50-cents an hour. Lawmakers tried in 2013, but were unable to get the increase from six-dollars-15-cents an hour for some jobs and the federal standard of seven-25 passed. The "Star Tribune" reports Governor Mark Dayton wants the wage increased, and there is support in the House, but DFL leaders in the Senate remain reluctant. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook warns if the wage isn't increased the right way by lawmakers, businesses will be hurt and unemployment could shoot higher.