Committee to vote on minimum wage bill 28 Feb 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A House committee is set to vote on a bill that would raise Minnesota’s minimum wage.

The House Labor, Workforce and Regulated Industries Committee is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would increase the minimum wage in three steps until it reaches $10.55 in August 2015. After that, wages would automatically rise according to inflation.

The committee heard testimony Wednesday from Minnesotans who say they need a higher wage to get by and from representatives who said the hike would hurt their businesses.

Minnesota’s Democratic-controlled government gives good odds to a minimum-wage increase. Minnesota hasn’t raised it since 2005.

The minimum wage in Minnesota law is currently $6.15 per hour, but many workers are paid the higher federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.