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Published May 10, 2013, 06:33 PM

Revised MN minimum wage bill approved by senate

Restaurant owners and city leaders in East Grand Forks say they're happier with a revised Minnesota Senate version of a bill to increase the minimum wage.

Restaurant owners and city leaders in East Grand Forks say they're happier with a revised Minnesota Senate version of a bill to increase the minimum wage.

The Senate approved a bill to up the minimum by 50 cents to $7.75 by 2015. The House tried to up it to $9.50 in the same time span. Restaurant owners and city leaders in East Grand Forks say it's already tough competing with businesses across the river, mainly because Minnesota servers have to be paid minimum wage while North Dakota servers don't.

Employees currently earning minimum wage tell me any raise is better than nothing. Business owners say they're okay with the Senate version, or the cheaper option. They say if the larger increase happens, drastic measures may need taken. While minimum wage employees I spoke with would like to see it raised a few more dollars, they agree with business owners that a 50 cent wage increase would be a good compromise. The bill now goes to a conference committee to work out the differences. After that, Governor Dayton is expected to sign it.

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