Minimum wage in Capitol spotlight

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Mar 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (KNSI)  Minnesota House and Senate negotiators continue trying this week to hammer out a compromise on a minimum wage increase.

The Senate agreed to increasing the minimum wage in steps to $9.50 an hour, but House leaders also want further increases beyond that keyed to inflation.

House Speaker Paul Thissen argues even when Minnesota reaches $9.50, that the next year and immediately thereafter, that minimum wage starts to lose its value.

Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Hayden acknowledges that negotiations have been testy at times, but that's just part of the process.

Lawmakers wanted to send a minimum wage increase to Governor Dayton's desk early-on in the 2014 session, but they might not make that goal. 

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