Sen. Tom Bakk
A political coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase in Minnesota is rallying in the Capitol rotunda as the new legislative session gets underway. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are scheduled to speak at the Tuesday event sponsored by the Raise the Wage Coalition.
The state Senate majority leader says a proposed increase in the state minimum wage is not likely to happen this session because Democrats in the House and Senate can’t agree how much to raise it. Sen. Tom Bakk says Thursday there are not enough votes among Senate Democrats.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan to extend the state sales tax to clothing has drawn strong opposition from the Mall of America, which attracts out-of-state visitors with the promise of tax-free purchases.
Democrats who won legislative majorities in Tuesday’s election are picking their top leaders.