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Hibbing Mayor Rick Cannata tells Capitol reporters Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, that his community would benefit from a higher minimum wage. He joined a trio of other mayors to deliver the message. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Mayors plug minimum wage increase proposal

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ST. PAUL -- Hibbing Mayor Rick Cannata says he knows what it is like to financially struggle while raising a family.

The mayor told Minnesota Capitol reporters Thursday that his experience raising three children when his wife earned minimum wage provided him with insight into why the state needs to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour and allow it to automatically increase to match inflation.


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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.