Senate takes up bill to increase state's minimum wage

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A hike in minimum wage is one of the first bills in the hopper at the State Capitol Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

The bill introduced in the state Senate proposes an increase of $1.35, raising Minnesota's floor wage to $7.50 beginning in August.

The legislation would also make future increases automatic and linked to inflation. The last minimum wage hike was in 2005.

The news service reports many minimum-wage workers in Minnesota already receive the federal rate of $7.25 per hour, which has remained same since 2009.

According to the New York Times, 19 states and the District of Columbia have set their minimums above the federal level. Congress has only approved a minimum wage increase three times in the last 30 years.

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