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MINIMUM WAGE: The question for Minnesota voters

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A proposed constitutional amendment to let Minnesota voters settle the minimum wage debate cleared a DFL-led Senate committee Friday morning with a party-line vote.

The bill from Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a mechanism to index it to inflation.

The constitutional amendment on the ballot would read: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to establish a minimum wage at a 2.4 rate of at least $10 per hour that is increased each year by the rate of inflation?"

The proposal comes at the lead Senate negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest House offer set the minimum wage at $9.50 with a conservative inflator.

"I don't think that there's a majority in the Senate or the Senate Majority Leader who thinks we should legislate through the constitution," said Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley), the lead negotiator on minimum wage in the House.

Winkler is sticking to his goal of having some kind of minimum wage hike tied to inflation.

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