Minn Senate approves $9.50 minimum wage hike

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Minn Senate approves $9.50 minimum wage hike

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 5:10 PM CST

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.

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