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Finally! Minnesota passes bill to raise the minimum wage

 April 10, 2014

We challenged politicians, petitioned and rallied, and finally Minnesota legislators have agreed to gradually raise the state minimum wage over the next two years.

At $6.15 an hour, Minnesota had one of the lowest minimum wages in the country. But now, lawmakers have agreed to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 for most workers by 2016. This figure includes indexing, which will begin in 2018.

By August, workers will see an increase of $8 an hour! Additionally, workers employed by small businesses will see an increase of $7.25 an hour in 2015.

This is a huge step for working Minnesotans, and we couldn’t have done any of it without you. On behalf of the entire Working America family, thank you!

Take Action Now: Raise Minnesota's Minimum Wage

We're close to being able to raise Minnesota's minimum wage.

The Senate is currently debating raising the wage to $9.50. 

We need to make sure that Minnesota lawmakers do the right thing and support the $9.50 increase with indexing, that means as costs of goods goes, up so does the minimum wage.

Take Action Now and tell your State Legislators to raise the minimum wage!

Minnesota minimum wage hits a standstill

After proposing a $9.50 an hour minimum wage, legislators have been unable to decide whether or not the wage should gradually increase in future years.

Casting an even greyer cloud over the likelihood of an increase, Senate majority leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has said that if the wage does adjust on account of inflation, the bill will be null and void this session.

“It doesn’t look like we’re making a lot of progress,” Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, told his fellow lawmakers as they attempted to negotiate a minimum wage compromise on Wednesday, the Star Tribune reports.

But, there’s still hope. Some legislators are encouraging residents of Minnesota to get involved in order to raise the wage.

On his Twitter feed, Minimum Wage Challenge participant Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) encouraged people to get involved in the fight:

“If you live in Minnesota, and you care about a respectable minimum wage, you need to contact your state senator. Now. #RaiseTheWage.”

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