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Published March 01, 2013, 03:13 PM

Minnesota Bill Could Raise Minimum Wage

Workers in Minnesota could see a big increase in the minimum wage if a bill in the legislature passes. Some could see more than a three dollar increase. There are mixed feelings among employees and employers on the proposed bill.

Workers in Minnesota could see a big increase in the minimum wage if a bill in the legislature passes. Some could see more than a three dollar increase. There are mixed feelings among employees and employers on the proposed bill.

Many workers in Minnesota are paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That could rise to $10.55 an hour. Although employees like the proposed change employers say it's already hard to compete with bordering communities.

Employers who work in the restaurant business in Minnesota already pay their employees minimum wage which is up to three dollars more than what servers are paid in North Dakota. They say this puts them at a disadvantage even before this proposed increase and they have to make up that money somehow to meet operating costs. Other businesses who pay their employees more than minimum wage already say it's a good idea to keep the economy going.

The proposed bill would gradually increase the minimum wage over the next three years. Minimum wage hasn't been raised in the State in 8 years.

The bill passed a House committee vote this week.

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