Minimum Wage Bill Gains Momentum

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ST. PAUL, Mn – A proposal that would increase minimum wage in Minnesota is making some headway at the state capitol.

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote later this week on the bill, which would boost the minimum wage to $9.50. The rate under current law is $6.15, but many workers are paid the higher federal minimum $7.25.

This is the first time the rate would be raised since 2005.

“It is time that we take a look at what steps we can take to move toward a direction that’s going to help out those who are working at that level,” said Laura Lunde, Branch Manager of Manpower in Albert Lea.

The Ways and Means Committee also made some provisions to the bill. One would expand unpaid parental leave from six weeks to twelve weeks.

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