Local business owners respond to minimum wage hike
For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Minnesota Legislature approved a hike in the state minimum wage, vaulting the state from one of the lowest minimums in the country to near the top.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law Monday, April 14, implementing a tiered wage that would gradually increase to $8 per hour this summer, then to $9.50 per hour by 2016. The wage would be increased each year based on inflation after 2018, capping at an increase of 2.5 percent.