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

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It looks like the new Minnesota minimum wage will fall somewhere between $7.25 and $9.50 an hour.
With both the House and Senate passing a bill to increase Minnesota's minimum wage, it seems like a foregone conclusion that an increase will be signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. But exactly what that increase will amount to remains an open question.

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The bill passed yesterday by the Senate in a party-line vote would increase Minnesota's minimum wage to $7.75 by 2015, 50 cents above the current $7.25 an hour federal level. But the House wants to give minimum-wage workers a more generous raise and last week approved a bill that would raise the rate all the way up to $9.50 an hour.

It's now up for a conference committee made up of legislators from both chambers to smooth out differences between the bills before it heads to Dayton's desk for his signature.

The Governor, for his part, said yesterday he'd prefer to sign a more robust minimum wage hike into law.

"Something is better than nothing," Dayton said, according to a Star Tribune report. But if the Senate's version of the bill prevails, "I'd be very disappointed," he added.

The Pioneer Press reports that during yesterday's Senate debate, an amendment that would've exempted tipped workers from a minimum wage increase was withdrawn, meaning Minnesota will probably remain one of only seven states that allows servers and bartenders to earn the full minimum wage and keep their tips too.

According to the PiPress, "About 42,000 of Minnesota's 93,000 minimum wage workers are employed in restaurants or bars, the most of any single industry."

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czootzoot
czootzoot

Yo just saying this is going to kill small business. Now I'm not saying the small business with 100 or less employees, I'm saying the business that has less than 8 people working for it.  I'm a democrat at heart but enough is enough.  Now for all corporations they can go f themselves seeing as how they can afford to pay double what they pay you anyways.

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

Abolish it. It keeps people down. The work should be priced at what it is, not by artificial means. Cleaning for example should be at least 15/hr. Fast food work around 10, ect ect. Those who want to remain in a low paying industry is their choice...

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Looking forward to the three dollar cups of coffee at Dunn's.

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

maybe they should put there wages up for a vote by voters?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You people are funny. With that same logic, if your hair was on fire, you'd go eat a sandwich instead of dousing your head with water. Keep asking for your own limitations, retards.

Traci Marcroft Barnwell
Traci Marcroft Barnwell

Anytime the wages go up the cost of everything else goes up in unison. There has to be a better way. It goes hand in hand.

Amy Caldwell Dillishaw
Amy Caldwell Dillishaw

It isn't just minimum wage that isn't increasing. Many companies haven't given raises in several years, with the exception of upper management. If people are lucky enough to get a raise, their raise is less than the increase of the cost of living. If more CEOs were willing to run their business like the CEO of Zappos, this whole country would be better off.

Woody McBride
Woody McBride

How about a maximum wage for owners and management slave drivers? Share the love

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

I don't know if this should be a statewide thing, it should be dictated more locally based on cost of living. Working in the metro at McDonald's earning minimum wage isn't the same as working in Ely...

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

Exactly Amy. It won't cut into corporate profits. People that make more than minimum wage will be paying for the increase in the form of increased cost in products and services. I believe the current wage is too low but let's not be ridiculous here. Raise it too much and watch all the manufacturing facilities pop up in Mexico and other countries. If you think unemployment levels are too high now, we might as well raise the minimum wage to $200 per hour. It won't matter if there are no jobs.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

While I agree, the cost of living has risen without the minimum wage moving, so it needs to be raised.

Amy Caldwell Dillishaw
Amy Caldwell Dillishaw

It doesn't really matter how much they raise it. Corporations don't want anything cutting into their profits so they will just raise the cost of products.

Dave Salmonson
Dave Salmonson

If the minimum wage kept pace with CEO pay increases, it would be over $25. Per hour. It needs to be above the poverty level.

Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz

I love how they ask "how much is too much" as if citizens having a little peace of mind is a bad thing

Carol Wicklund
Carol Wicklund

It should have been Ten dollars--ten years ago!!!

Erin Marie Maples
Erin Marie Maples

At the very least 8.50/hr. Though I think after all this time that is still a slap in the face of the working population. It needs to be a LIVING wage not a minimum wage.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Guess you've never heard of "the tyranny of the majority"...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran Did your parents teach you how to be a pathetic bootlicking coward who is afraid to demand a raise or is that cowardly simpering behavior something you had to learn?   Fucking bosses will never give you money, you have to take it from the rich bastards.  I for one won't live in a place where the workers have to work for peanuts and live in complete poverty.  No true American is a bootlicking coward like you ming.  Go brown nose some more you pathetic coward.  A true American demands fair pay for a day's work.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Or, maybe we should pay everyone named "Trevor" $5 an hour and everyone else $15 an hour. Same logic

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Del Bauer Maybe we should all work for free so that we lose no factory jobs.  Simpering bootlickers like you are so pathetic.  A fair wage for fair work.  We aren't slaves.  American workers shouldn't have to live like 3rd world workers to keep their job.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Lot's of logic there little lady. Only retards continually employ the same idea and expect a different result. You don't have any idea what is to be an American, you should move to stagnant Europe. There you'd be cool.

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