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Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cooks announces Monday, April 7, that the House and Senate reached an agreement to raise the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in the next three years. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, is pictured at left. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

House, Senate agree on minimum wage increase

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ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders agreed to raise the Minnesota minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in 2016, with lower wages for small businesses, those undergoing training, teens and some foreign workers.

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The deal announced today includes a provision that beginning in 2018 all wages would increase each Jan. 1 to match inflation, but the state labor commissioner could suspend an increase if the economy is failing.

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