Sunday Liquor Sales, Minimum Wage Big Issues in 2014 Session

Updated: 02/24/2014 10:22 AM
Created: 02/24/2014 8:32 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- State lawmakers are making their way to St. Paul as Tuesday is the start of this year's legislative session. This will be a crucial one with elections coming up this fall.

The DFL currently holds the majority in both the House and Senate and of course, the governor's position.     

One big issue this year is minimum wage. The House and Senate passed bills last year but they couldn't agree on how much it should be raised.

The current state minimum wage is $5.25 for small employers, $6.15 for larger ones but most earn the federal wage of $7.25.

Also on the agenda, Governor Dayton's bonding plan. It includes nearly $1 billion worth of projects. That includes funding for the Mayo Civic Center expansion.

The Governor says the projects on his list would create 27,000 jobs.

Supporters will also try to pass a medicinal marijuana bill. Governor Dayton has urged them to negotiate with opponents including county attorneys and law enforcement.

Again, Sunday liquor sales are up for debate. A recent Star Tribune poll shows about half of Minnesotans want to buy liquor on Sundays. But, store owners worry it will cost them money.

They say the cost of staying open an extra day would be higher than what they would make in one extra day of sales.

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