Under a new deal announced Monday morning, Minnesota could see its minimum wage rise from among the nation’s lowest to one of the highest.
With approval from the leaders of the Democrat-led state House and Senate, the deal could pass as soon as this week, resolving what has been a contentious debate. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) had already thrown his support behind a House version of a hike. The new minimum wage would be implemented by 2017
Just two weeks ago, Connecticut approved a measure that would lift that state’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017, making it the highest state minimum in the nation and matching the level President Obama has pushed for federally. (Others tied to inflation could beat it, however, should the economy take off before then.) Delaware, West Virginia and D.C. have also passed minimum wage increases this year, and 34 states, including Maryland, are considering increases of their own, as of March 31.