State Sen. Ellen Anderson, who sponsored the Minimum Wage Bill in the Senate, expressed frustration with Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto.
Anderson’s bill would have raised the minimum wage of employees at large companies to $6.75 per hour in July 2008 and $7.75 in 2009. Employees of small companies would have received $5.75 per hour this year and $6.75 next year.
In vetoing the bill, Pawlenty expressed concern that the increases were too steep for businesses to bear in tough economic times. But he said his main objection was that the bill didn’t include a provision offering employers a tip credit for employees who receive gratuities. Minnesota is one of just seven states that don’t provide a tip credit.
Anderson said she worked with Pawlenty’s administration to address his concerns and work out a compromise. But instead of finding “some middle ground,” she said Pawlenty “decided to turn his back on working Minnesotans.”
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