Rep. Ryan Winkler
Public bargaining is resuming over Minnesota’s minimum wage. A House-Senate conference committee trying to forge a deal is scheduled to convene on Tuesday. The committee hasn’t met since early in March after getting bogged down.
As Minnesota’s legislative session nears, one of the state’s minimum-wage champions has issued a challenge. Five House colleagues accepted Golden Valley Democrat Rep. Ryan Winkler’s invitation Tuesday to live for a week on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Minnesota is moving towards its first minimum wage hike since 2005. The House Ways and Means Committee planned Monday to advance a bill that would bump the state’s floor wage in three steps until it hits $9.50 per hour in 2015.
The Minnesota House passed a proposed constitutional amendment to make voters show a photo ID at the polls. Here is a small sample of some of the things said by representatives during the nine-hour debate.