Updated: 02/04/2014 10:58 PM
Created: 02/04/2014 10:48 PM WDIO.com
By: Darren Danielson
The lawmakers you elected into office are getting ready to head back to St. Paul. With them, they bring ideas to improve life back here at home.
Bill Blazer, a vice president with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, gave Duluth Chamber members a preview of business priorities likely to come up in this session on Tuesday.
Blazer is the go-to person for the Duluth Chamber for legislative and business development matters. He says one topic sure to see action is raising the state's minimum wage.
Last year the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL- Minn.) supported that increase. But the Senate version was closer to $8.00 an hour.
"I'm pretty sure there will be an increase in the minimum wage. I think the debate is how much and what structure," Blazer said.
Blazer says legislative attention will also likely be given to our roads and streets, education, along with energy and environmental permitting.
It will be an important 8-week session, and it starts Tuesday, February 25th.
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