After months of negotiations, DFL leaders from the House and Senate announced an agreement raising Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour over three years. The agreement also includes automatic increases in the minimum wage based on inflation. The "indexing" of the minimum wage was opposed by some in the Senate, stalling an agreement. The problem was resolved by building in an "off ramp", which allows for the state to not increase the minimum wage if there is an "economic downturn."
House Speaker Paul Thissen called the agreement "a good day for Minnesota." Asked if he expected a "backlash" from voters, he said "yes, a positive one."
Representative Ryan Winkler thanked the participation of a coalition of faith and labor organizations that helped spur the minimum wage agreement.
House Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Representative Thissen both said there was no connection between the House approving a new Senate office building last week and today's minimum wage agreement.