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Minnesota’s minimum wage hike goes into effect today

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is seeing its first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade.

Starting today, most of the state’s lowest paid workers will receive $8 an hour.

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It’s the first of three annual increases that will push Minnesota’s wage floor from $6.15 an hour — among the lowest in the country — to $9.50 — the second highest in the country — by 2016. Beginning in 2018, it will be indexed to inflation.

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