DFL infighting has minimum wage hike on life support

Bakk (left) and Thissen
One-party rule doesn't amount to much if you can't agree among yourselves.
A minimum-wage hike that once looked like a sure deal is no longer likely to happen this session because DFLers in the House and Senate can't agree on how much to raise it.

THE BACKSTORY: House, Senate approve minimum wage increase, but disagree on how much is too much

The bill passed by the House would've ultimately raised the rate to $9.50, while the Senate's would've more modestly pegged it at $7.75 per hour. But today, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said it appears that gulf will be unbridgeable.

The Star Tribune reports that a morning meeting between Mark Dayton, Bakk, and House Speaker Paul Thissen was unfruitful.

"It seems it's unlikely we are going to get a bill there," Bakk told reporters.

"The House is very dug in on a $9.00 rate, and the votes just are not there in the Senate to go that high," he continued, though he left the door open to the possibility that a conference committee could still iron out the difference before this session is in the history books.

Thissen characterized the situation as "totally unfortunate."

"We think very strongly that we need to get a good minimum wage that people can really live on," Thissen said.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, gloated about the DFL gridlock on Twitter: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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Bakk, stop talking about progress and actually DO something you fence sitting pussy ass. Jesus, one would think you fukkers would grow a spine once in control, but you are still hiding under an ideological rock,. Jesus what a tool...


This is ridiculous. I work at Taco Bell making $7.50/hr. Does the legislature know how much money it takes to afford lube and rubber dilldoughs to support my pussy-pounding Lesbian lifestyle? After a hard day's of work making Tacos and Chilitos, I expect another $2/hr so I can afford these luxuries. Also, do you know what a pack of cigarettes costs these days? Jesus................ 

Ivory Katese Taylor
Ivory Katese Taylor

Gee, I wonder if there's a number between $7.75 and $9.50 that would work as a compromise? Hmm, that's a hard one. I can't imagine $8.65 being fair to anyone (eyes rolling).

swmnguy topcommenter

@Ivory Taylor I'm guessing the Conference Committee will find a number to agree on; maybe even exactly $8.65.  If only to spite Rep. Mary Franson. 

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