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Legislative notebook: Senate passes smaller minimum wage bill

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate voted 39-28 Wednesday to approve a minimum wage far lower than the House and governor favor.

Senators approved raising the hourly minimum wage to $7.75 an hour in two years for large employers, up from the current $6.15. Small businesses could continue to pay $5.25 an hour.


The House has approved a $9.50 wage, in line with Dayton’s wishes.

House and Senate bills would automatically raise the minimum wage based on inflation after 2015.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.