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Minn. Voters Could Get Say on Auto-Hikes to Minimum Wage

Updated: 03/27/2014 12:13 PM
Created: 03/27/2014 12:12 PM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says voters should decide whether Minnesota's minimum wage climbs automatically.

A constitutional amendment that he and another prominent senator put in play Thursday would ask voters this fall if they think the wage should be forever linked to inflation. Bakk says he worries that a legislatively adopted indexing feature could be susceptible to repeal by a future set of lawmakers.

The proposal adds to a long-running debate about what to do after hiking the wage. There appears to be sufficient support to gradually raise a current $6.15 per hour minimum to $9.50 by 2016.

House negotiators say there needs to be an automatic inflator to keep minimum wage earners from losing ground. Senators haven't embraced that approach. Both chambers are led by Democrats.

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