Dems to take late stab at Minn. minimum wage bill

Dems to take late stab at Minn. minimum wage increase, trying to bridge wide difference

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Democrats are making a late push on a bill to raise the state's minimum wage.

A House-Senate conference committee is set to meet Monday morning for the first — and maybe only — time. Both chambers are run by Democrats.

What was considered a priority earlier in the year has been stalled in the session's final days. That's because the House approved a bill raising it in three stages until the hourly minimum reaches $9.50 by 2015; the Senate's bill topped out at $7.75.

If they agree on a number, legislative negotiators also must decide if the wage will rise by an inflationary amount in future years.

The House bill also makes changes to laws governing overtime and unpaid leave for new parents. The Senate's plan doesn't.

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