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Minesota / Debate touches on pros and cons of raising state minimum wage

Some of the first bills introduced at the Minnesota Legislature this year would raise the state’s minimum wage, which has not increased since 2005.

The federal standard of $7.25 an hour applies to people who work for large companies or companies that engage in interstate commerce. The state minimum wage for the smallest businesses is $5.25 an hour.

The bills being considered would raise the minimum wage and include a mechanism that would keep the wage rising with inflation each year.

Two experts joined a discussion with Cathy Wurzer on “Morning Edition” about the pros and cons of raising the state minimum wage: Kris Jacobs, the executive director of the JOBS NOW Coalition, who supports the idea; and Mike Hickey, the Minnesota state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. He opposes raising the minimum wage.

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