Minnesota House committee approves increasing minimum wage to more than $10 an hourA bill that would raise Minnesota's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour by 2015 is moving through the Legislature.
By: Associated Press report, Associated Press
ST. PAUL — A bill that would raise Minnesota's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour by 2015 is moving through the Legislature.
The House Labor, Workforce and Regulated Industries Committee on Thursday passed a bill to increase to the minimum wage in three steps until it hits $10.55. After that, wages would automatically rise according to inflation.
Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, said the increase will help Minnesotans get by and also inject more money into the economy. Republicans have said the increase would harm small businesses, causing layoffs and higher prices. The bill passed by an 8-6 party-line vote.
The minimum wage in Minnesota law is currently $6.15 per hour, but many workers are paid the higher federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Minnesota hasn't raised its floor wage since 2005.
The bill must still pass several more votes if it is to become law.