Minnesota lawmakers have a deal to hike minimum wage to $9.50Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Minnesota lawmakers reached a deal today to raise the minimum wage for the first time since 2005.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Minnesota lawmakers reached a deal today to raise the minimum wage for the first time since 2005.
The house and senate are expected to vote it to law by the end of the week.
The deal announced today will bring Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016, and attaches the minimum wage to inflation starting in 2018.
Drew Dahl/MSUM Student: "I think that's reasonable. I mean as inflation rises you gotta have minimum wage go up"
While democratic leaders applaud the deal, not all local business leaders are happy"
"I think it's crazy"
Troy Deleon has owned the Moorhead Dairy Queen for nearly 20 years, and he's worried about more than just having to shrink his workforce to balance the wage hike.
Troy Deleon/Owner, Dairy Queen Moorhead: "everybody else is going to have to raise their prices because the minimum wage at the warehouse is going to go up, so they're going to start charging more. You know it's not just the business, it's the whole aspect of the business "
Though the deal caps the minimum wage for small businesses, and 16 and 17 year old workers to 7.75,
Deleon says it's still too much.
Deleon: "they're not in their career and I just think that it's a little ridiculous putting all the pressure on small business "
Yet some of the reaction to businesses having to pay employees more is less sympathetic...
"A place like Mcdonalds or Walmart, I feel like they can afford to make those minimum wages rise"
And some young students looking for jobs say the minimum wage positions might now be more attractive.
Samantha Medbery/MSUM Student: "you’re trying to pay off the debt you have. If you get paid more you can pay it off"
The wage hike will be phased in over 3-years and the labor commissioner can stop the inflation increases if the economy is failing.