Momentum is building at the state capital for raising the Minnesota minimum wage to at least $9.50 an hour but local lawmakers are not expressing interest in favoring the move.
At the Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues breakfast Thursday, Republican State Senator Jeremy Miller, who supports federal conformity, says the choice is tough because an increase could cause some businesses, like restaurants and grocery stores, to reduce their entry-level employees.
Democrat Gene Pelowski says he opposed the increase last session passed by the House.
Both lawmakers said they favor the so-called 5-percent campaign by providers of services for those with disabilities, such as Home and Community Options and the Development Achievement Center.. The campaign seeks to raise their state funding by 5-percent which would result in better pay for their employees.