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Can you spare a quarter, Gov. Pawlenty?

Posted at 2:36 PM on May 16, 2008 by Michael Marchio

Is the Senate trying to give the minimum wage bill another chance? Looks like it. The Senate Finance Committee substituted language from HF3969, which used to transfer funds from the Help America Vote Act, to a smaller minimum wage increase. Take a look at the language here. The bill that the governor vetoed would have raised the minimum wage to $6.75 in July, and then up to $7.75 a year later for big businesses, and $5.75 to $6.75 for smaller businesses. This one lowers that by a quarter for each increase. If the Senate takes it up, the House will have to take it up to and approve their changes to send it back to the governor. Will that be enough for his John Hancock?

Let's take a quick look at the many bills the earlier minimum wage one has joined in Valhalla.

HF3391/SF3099 - Sen. Berglin and Rep. Huntley's Health Care Reform (Veto Letter)
HF219/SF1128 - Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes (Rochester) and Rep. Neva Walker's bill that would allow people to use sick leave to take care of adult sons or daughters, siblings, spouses, parents or grandparents. (Veto Letter)
HF3564/SF3166 - Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and Rep. Walker's bill that would modify child welfare provisions. (Veto Letter)
HF4051/SF3775 - Rep. Brita Sailer and Sen. John Doll's bill that would create a 40 cent fee on paint cans to start a paint collection pilot program (Veto Letter)
HF3316/SF3001 - Rep. Carlos Mariani and Sen. Chuck Wiger's omnibus education policy bill. (Veto Letter)

The Senate has recessed until around 6:00 p.m., but the House is hard at work on the Conference Committee report for HF3800, the transportation policy bill. Last time this one was taken up on the floor, it was rejected, but it has since had it's most controversial provision - not wearing seat belts as a primary offense - removed. It still has restrictions on younger drivers, including how many people they can drive in the car with, and when. Let's see if lawmakers like it better now.

UPDATE: The transportation policy bill was passed, 88-43. Onward to the governor's desk.