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Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook announces Monday that the House and Senate reached an agreement to raise the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in the next three years. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

House, Senate agree on minimum wage increase

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ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders agreed to raise the Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in 2016, with lower wages for small businesses, those undergoing training, teens and some foreign workers.

The deal announced today includes a provision that beginning in 2018 all wages would increase each Jan. 1 to match inflation, but the state labor commissioner could suspend an increase if the economy is failing.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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