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Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm announces a bill Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, to raise the minimum wage, pay for more child care and give a per-child tax credit to Minnesotans. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Coalition seeks $9.50 Minnesota minimum wage

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ST. PAUL -- A coalition of children's groups, religious organizations and unions say Minnesota's poor would benefit from a higher minimum wage, more state child care support and a tax credit for parents.

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Key in a proposal released Wednesday is raising the state's minimum wage to $9.50 per hour from the current $6.15. Minnesota is one of four states with minimum wages lower than the federal $7.25 level.

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