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Top Minn. legislators pledge boost in minimum wage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Democrats who lead the Minnesota Legislature are leaving no doubt that a minimum wage increase of some kind will prevail in the upcoming session.

The details, however, are still in flux.

The assurance that a minimum wage plan will get dislodged after stalling last year came during a preview session with Capitol reporters Wednesday.

The Senate approved a bill raising Minnesota's minimum hourly wage from $6.15 to a phased-in $7.75. The House-adopted plan lifted it to $9.50 per hour. Senate Minority Leader David Hann says he "could live with'' the federal minimum of $7.25.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says there will probably be special accommodations for small businesses. House Speaker Paul Thissen says he expects a bill to reach the governor in the first few weeks of session.

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