Minimum Wage Increase Passes Minnesota Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. –Minnesota’s minimum wage will rise to $9.50 an hour by 2016 thanks to legislation passed by the Minnesota Senate today. By a vote of 35-31, the wage will be increased to $8 an hour on August 1, $9 an hour beginning in 2015, and $9.50 an hour beginning in 2016. Minnesota is currently only one of four states – along with Arkansas, Georgia and Wyoming – that has a minimum wage lower than the federal rate. The raise will affect approximately 357,000 Minnesotans.

State senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement:

“Raising the wage for the hardworking men and women who are working full-time minimum wage jobs is an economic necessity and a matter of social justice. The minimum wage should never be a poverty wage, but as thousands of workers get left behind, that is too often the case. Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do, and is a step in the right direction to give these workers the economic security they deserve,” said. Sen. Torres Ray.

For information on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Patricia Torres Ray at 651-296-4274 or by email at


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