Minnesota lawmakers are prepared for the final vote on a bill significantly boosting the state’s minimum wage. House approval today (THU) would send the bill to Governor Dayton, who supports the plan to raise the wage to $9.50 by 2016. The bill cleared the Senate Wednesday. It would increase the raise in three steps: climbing to $8 per-hour this summer, $8.50 next year, and $9.50 the year after. In future years, the rate would be tied to inflation and could rise by up to 2.5%. Minnesota has one of the country’s lowest minimum wages now at $6.15 per-hour. The change would shoot Minnesota into the top 5, though other states are considering pushing their minimum wages up as well.