House Passes Minimum Wage Hike 06 May 13

The Minnesota House narrowly approved a hike in the state’s minimum wage on Friday. The final vote for the proposed series of increases was 68-62 in favor of, with local Republican Representative Paul Torkelson voting No. The bill increases the state minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50 per-hour for large employers and $8.50 per-hour for small employers. The increase comes in three stages, reaching the new minimums by August 2015. Every year after that the minimum wage will be adjusted based on the annual increase in inflation. The Senate is expected to vote on a minimum wage bill this week.