St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota Senate gave the green light Wednesday to a low wage hike for the first time in nearly a decade.
Senator voted 35 to 31.
The measure bumps the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour and to $7.75 an hour for small businesses over the next three years.
A provision calls for the increases to be indexed to inflation starting in 2018, but can be stopped under severe economic circumstances.
The bill does not include a tipping credit for restaurant workers.
Right now, the state's minimum wage is $6.15 an hour.
The bill heads next to the House.