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Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake (right) explains a farm provision in a minimum wage bill Friday to Rep. Tom Hackbarth of Cedar.

Minimum wage hike looks likely in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's minimum wage likely will rise after the House voted 68-62 Friday to increase it to $9.50 an hour, but the question is how high it will go.

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The House voted to raise the minimum wage paid by large employers, gradually increasing it to $9.50 an hour in two years, and allow it to rise up to 2.5 percent a year after that.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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