One of the biggest disappointments of the 2013 legislative session for DFL leaders was the failure to raise the state’s minimum wage. The Senate voted to increase the minimum wage to $7.75 by 2015, while the House version would have raised it to $9.50. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says they ran out of time to reach an agreement with the House, however, but adds that “We’re going to come back next session and do that.” Bakk says lawmakers need to find a balance so people can put more money in their pockets to support their families, but businesses are not jeopardized.
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