Bipartisan federal legislation aimed at easing roadblocks for Somali-Americans in Minnesota trying to transfer money to relatives in East Africa is on its way to the U.S. Senate. Those transfers, known as remittances, help form the backbone of the economy in Somalia. But over the last decade, many American banks quit working with Somali money transfer operators over fears of breaking anti-terrorism laws. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep.
St. Paul, Minn. -- Minnesota’s minimum wage will begin to climb this summer, and could keep climbing every year after that, now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that includes automatic increases tied to inflation. Surrounded by legislators and some of the workers who will soon receive a raise, Dayton signed today the state's first minimum wage increase since 2005.