Governor Dayton will officially raise Minnesota’s minimum wage with a special bill-signing ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda this (MON) afternoon. Minimum wage workers will get a series of raises beginning this summer. For large employers, the mandatory pay will climb to $8 per-hour in August, $9 a year later, and $9.50 in 2016. Smaller employers will also have to pay more, although the wage for them reaches only $7.75 per-hour by 2016. The bill also authorizes automatic raises in the years to come that will compensate for inflation. Unless state officials take steps to suspend the raises, pay could rise by up to 2.5% per-year for minimum wage workers beginning in 2018.