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Minimum wage could reach $7.90 if Gov. gives okay

A bill to raise the minimum wage to as much as $7.90 by July 2009 passed the House today, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty said changes will have to made for him to approve it, the Pioneer Press said.

The legislation passed 82-45 in the House, after the Senate approved a similar bill a year ago. Three years earlier, Minnesota’s minimum wage was raised to $6.15 an hour for large employers.

This bill, if approved by the governor, would increase wages for large and small businesses.