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Minnesota Legislative notebook: Representatives hear that minimum wage increase would help economy

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Minnesota minimum wages would rise from $6.15 to as much as $10.55 an hour under bills lawmakers are examining this week.

The proposal's first committee votes could come this week.

Two wage experts told a House committee Monday that, despite what opponents say, raising the minimum wage would help the state economy.

"We've seen a continuing pulling apart" between the rich and poor, Douglas Hall of the Economic Analysis and Research Network told House members.

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