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The Capitol Note: Lawmakers set to announce a deal on minimum wage hike

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House leaders have reached a deal on increasing the state's minimum wage. (Staff file photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

Lawmakers are expected to announce a deal on Monday raising Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour with inflationary increases thereafter. Negotiations between the Senate -- which has been dragging its feet on the issue -- and the House, have been a major political division this session between the Democrats who control the Legislature.

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Chamber’s Blazar pushes immigration reform

The cause of immigration reform has led Bill Blazar a bit outside his organization’s usual comfort zone. The second-in-command at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has been with the organization for two decades, but his position advocating in favor of comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, D.C. represents the first time he’s undertaken a major role on a federal issue.

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