Skip to main content

Senate takes up bill to increase state's minimum wage


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.

Next Up

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

ashley Carlson

Remains of missing WI mom found in Pine County, MN

Ashley Miller-Carlson was 33 years old.

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Boy, 6, run over after falling off trailer in Meeker Co. tree farm accident

He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with internal injuries.

Target store

Target unveils deals for 2-day 'Cyber Monday' event

The promotion kicks off Sunday, November 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.59.30 AM

Edina police warn of recent burglary trend targeting garages and vehicles

The Edina Police Department is increasing patrols in affected neighborhoods in response to the trend.