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MN Governor Signs Minimum Wage Hike, Pledges to Keep with Inflation

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that raises the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour over two years. The new law then allows the minimum wage to go up based upon inflation.

"Our fight is more than raising the minimum wage, we're fighting to raise up people," said one of the bill's authors, Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis).

"A decent life should be the reward for a decent day's work," said another of the bill's authors, Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Vally).

After signing the bill, Dayton noted $9.50 per hour is an improvement on what was one of the lowest minimum wages in the country... but that for a worker with a family of four, that's only 80 percent of the poverty level. He called Republican complaints about the wage increase "empty political rhetoric."

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