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Published February 18, 2014, 05:26 PM

Minnesota looking to raise minimum wage

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Minnesota's Speaker of the House says the president was right in raising the minimum wage for Federal workers, and thinks the state of Minnesota will follow suit.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Minnesota's Speaker of the House says the president was right in raising the minimum wage for Federal workers, and thinks the state of Minnesota will follow suit.

Speaker Paul Thissen says people who work full time at minimum wage should be able to raise a family, and Minnesota's current $7.25 hour doesn't cut it.

Thissen says it would likely be raised closer to $9.50 an hour, lower than the $10.10 an hour the president raised the federal minimum to.

Paul Thissen, Minnesota Speaker of the House: “All the statistics seem to show that there is job growth that comes from it and the economy improves from it because people that make the minimum wage are going to be out spending that money in their community right, they’re not going to be saving it for better or for worse they're going to be spending it because they need it to get by.”

Thissen says any minimum wage increase would be phased in over time.

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