Senate votes 39-28 to increase Minnesota's minimum wage

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 10:11 PM

The $7.75 an hour proposal is far short of what the House approved.

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billybobmtMay. 8, 1310:27 PM

The GOP has no understanding of reality. We need a strong middle class. By raising the minimum wage all wage earners will be helped. How can you be a populist party when you only support the 1%'rs.

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jakejscsuMay. 8, 1311:34 PM

So, let me get this straight. The right complains about those who don't pay any federal tax, but when there is legislation that not only makes it more attractive for those on assistance to get off or use less, along with bumping up non-qualifying incomes into a qualifying tax bracket, they vote it down??? Makes sense....

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horacedjonesMay. 9, 13 7:12 AM

What truly is disappointing is the lack of true vision & leadership in the Mn Senate. Gee, thanks for the "bump" to $7.75 an hour ($15,500/yr) while you approve to pad your own pay by 35% to $42,000+ plus multiple benefits for a part time job. The House is showing much more courage & leadership. And even one of them will be up for election next year unlike the senate.

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mcleanmMay. 9, 1312:05 PM

So if the minimum wage is raised let's say 5%, will the employers immediately see a 5% increase in productivity? Companies cannot print money like the Feds can. So if my company can afford let's $5000 per week to use for wages and I have to increase the wages of some, I am not going to have enough money to pay all of my employees. So I lay off some. Or I raise my prices to cover the cost increase. The minimum wage workers who get a raise will also see the price of products increase so they are at a wash. Those middle income workers who did get recevie a raise will see the increase in prices with no rise in income. So who loses there??

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clairjrMay. 9, 13 1:08 PM

mcleanm - you're preaching basic economic principles here to a group of people who know nothing whatsoever about "business" in general. All they know is that this seems "fair" to them, and undercuts all of the fabulously wealthy (according to them) business owners who, they've been told, are trying to get "rich" by ultimately screwing over the lower and middle class consumers they allegedly rely on. Welcome to the New Socialistic Republic of Minnesota and our much-touted educational system that ill prepares these idiots for a life in America - or any where else for that matter (other than Belgium, France, Greece or Spain, I meant to say..).

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