Dayton says he'd 'settle for' $9.50 minimum wage, be disappointed if Minn. lawmakers deadlock

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 25, 2013 - 3:35 PM

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — On the same day California's governor signed a bill upping the state's minimum wage to $10 within three years, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton made clear it he'd be disappointed if the Legislature doesn't push up his state's wage floor next session.

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sharkysharkSep. 25, 13 1:10 PM

$9.50 per hour? The Governor isn't worth that much.

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jbetcherSep. 25, 13 1:11 PM

Why don't you make it an even $10? One of the biggest dissapointments of last year's session for me is that the Democratically controled legislature couldn't get this long overdue legislation passed. It was embarassing. Let's help out the working poor for a changes rather than the uber rich. They don't need the help.

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panktainterSep. 25, 13 1:15 PM

Out of touch with economic reality. My teenage grand kid makes $12/hr at a fast food place and the business doesn't have to pay it by government regs. You should be paid for your value to the process, not some standard set in CA or DC or some other republic.

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jbpaperSep. 25, 13 1:33 PM

The people that keep pushing for a higher minimum wage should go and start their own business that employes unskilled labor. Then they can pay their employees whatever they want.

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EleanoreSep. 25, 13 1:40 PM

Wouldn't want the governor to be disappointed in the legislature, that would make it unanimous.

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Seawaves AheadSep. 25, 13 1:41 PM

It should be raised to at least $15 per hour. The business owners have been making huge profits over the past few years and the employees have not kept up. The economy will be much better off when everybody is getting their fair share.

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lostinstpaulSep. 25, 13 1:43 PM

So, are we ALL going to get a 50% raise next year - you know- Get our "fair share" from the invisible money tree that is going to provide employers with all this FREE EXTRA CASH? No? Well golly gee- buy I WANT A RAISE because ""I DESERVE" to be able to take my kids to disneyland" (insert union jibber jabber here)

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furguson11Sep. 25, 13 1:48 PM

$10/hour is $400 per week. The median weekly wage for non-HS graduates in the US is currently $471 per the BLS. For a person with a HS diploma it's $671. I think the trick is to get an education and a skill, then stick to a job an move up. As much as I would like to legislate away poverty, I don't think it will work. What is far more problematic is that 50% of Minneapolis and 75% of Minnesota students don't graduate from HS in four years. That is what we should be focusing on.

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teddygSep. 25, 13 1:52 PM

Reality is the we'll be stuck in this economic slow drift until incomes rise. Be careful what you ask for ... all of you who wish to abolish a fair minimum wage.

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lostinstpaulSep. 25, 13 2:00 PM

Seawaves Ahead - YOU should go start a business, and make ZERO profit, and give your employees %15/HR even tho you produce widgets worth .02 cents- go ahead and pay them 2X their value to your company and see how long you keep the doors open. Do it. Otherwise acknowledge reality = get educated, get a job, move up (Thats the American way)

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