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Published March 01, 2013, 04:50 PM

Minnesota employees could see an increase in minimum wage

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- Workers in Minnesota could see a big increase in minimum wage if a bill in the legislature passes.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- Workers in Minnesota could see a big increase in minimum wage if a bill in the legislature passes.

Many workers in Minnesota are paid the federal minimum wage which is 7.25 an hour, that could change to up to 10.55 an hour. Although employees love the proposed change, employers say it's already hard to compete in bordering communities.

Restaurant servers in Minnesota already make up to 3-dollars more than what servers are paid in North Dakota. Employers say that extra cost already puts them at a disadvantage.

David Homstad, Blue Moose General Manager, says, "The amount of wagers that we pay right now is dramatically different than Grand Forks and it really makes it tough to compete and anybody who has a marginal restaurant right now, it's really going to hurt them the worst probably."

Sharon Bartlette with Glamorous Reruns says, "I'm a fan of minimum wage increasing I believe it will help keep our economy going."

The proposed bill would gradually increase the minimum wage over the next 3 years.

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