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Lawmakers reach minimum wage deal: Proposal includes lower small business pay

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ST. PAUL — Small businesses that dot greater Minnesota would not be forced to pay employees as much as larger firms pay under a minimum wage increase proposal legislative leaders announced Monday.


“I think we have a pretty strong provision for small businesses,” Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said.

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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.