House Passes Minimum Wage Hike 11 Apr 14

The Minnesota House passed a minimum wage increase Thursday afternoon and sent the bill to the governor, shortly before the legislature recessed for Passover and Easter. The Senate before going home for Spring Break passed its bill for a second round of tax cuts that includes relief for veterans, volunteer firefighters, businesses and transit users — but that legislation is much less focused than a House bill that emphasizes property tax relief.  The two sides must work out their differences when they return to the Capitol. When lawmakers come back to Saint Paul the Tuesday after Easter they have a number of items still on their plate, most notably a bonding bill and medical marijuana.