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President Shar Knutson of the Minnesota AFL-CIO said on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights that raising the Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50 an hour is unions' top priority. Looking on is the author of a state minimum wage increase bill, Rep. Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley, a Bemidji native. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Groups launch effort to raise Minn. minimum wage

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A coalition of Minnesota labor, religious, nonprofit and public service groups on Tuesday began rallying public support to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour over the next two years.


Most employers in the state currently adopt the federal standard of $7.25 an hour for larger companies, though many workers who work for smaller companies can earn $6.15 an hour.

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