Dayton Talks MN Minimum Wage 26 Sep 13

Governor Dayton spoke about the state’s minimum wage Wednesday, and said that he will be disappointed if the Legislature doesn’t push up Minnesota’s wage next session. Dayton made the remarks to a retiree council of the AFL-CIO. He says it’s wrong that Minnesota has a lower minimum wage than all of its Midwest neighbors, and one of the lowest in the country. While the federal minimum of $7.25 per-hour often applies, some workers in Minnesota can earn as little as $5.25 from small employers. The Democratic-led Minnesota House and Senate deadlocked on a minimum wage plan last session. Dayton says he’d “settle for” $9.50 per-hour, but wouldn’t mind seeing it go up more.