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MN Lawmakers Agree On Minimum Wage Hike

April 7, 2014, 10:08 PM by Sammi Bjelland

MN Lawmakers Agree On Minimum Wage Hike

The minimum wage in Minnesota could be going up.

Lawmakers announced an agreement Monday morning between the House and Senate that would raise the state's current minimum wage of $6.15 an hour to over $9.

We spoke to residents in Worthington, Minnesota, about what this could mean for their quality of life.

Minnesota has one of the lowest minimum wages in the nation. This proposed increase to $9.50 for large businesses and $7.75 for small businesses would be the first raise since 2005.  That's why many residents in the state say they're excited for the possible increase.

"With this raise, it's going to be good on families because it's hard sometimes when you have a lot of kids. It's really hard," Worthington resident Eileen Meyeraan said. 

"I think it's great. I think it's great as long as the prices and everything for living stays the same, I think it's perfect," Worthington resident Reuben Jimenez said. 

While some people already qualify for a higher federal minimum, this wage hike would affect about 350,000 people in the state.

"I've got a couple of friends who say that they live with roommates and they work full-time jobs but at part-time wages pretty much. And that's how they afford their living because they cannot go on their own," Jimenez said. 

"I believe that if they get that $2 raise, every check that they'll receive, they'll either make their payments on time or they'll have a little extra cash in their pockets for when they need that money," Gaylord resident Guadalupe Dominguez said.

The proposed plan would increase the minimum wage over three years and then be attached to inflation rates in 2017. So, it could continue to grow beyond $9.50 unless vetoed by the Governor.

That is something these residents believe is well deserved.

"I mean really, they all deserve it because they work hard. Everybody works pretty hard," Meyeraan said.

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