New Laws Take Effect in Minnesota

New Laws Includer Higher Minimum Wage

The minimum wage, which was 9 dollars an hour for big businesses, has been raised by 50 cents. It’s a rate that applies to all hours worked, whether part time or full time.

The 9 dollars and 50 cents minimum wage applies to employers whose annual gross volume of sales made or business done is more than 500,000 each year. Employers smaller than that must pay at least 7 dollars and 75 cents an hour.

“If people make more they actually spend that money, there’s not a lot of minimum wage workers that end up saving a lot of money, that money ends up going back to the local economy,” said Rep. Mike Sundin, of the State of Minnesota House of Representatives.

Drug sentencing laws have are also seeing a change for the first time in decades. We’ll be seeing lighter sentences for low-level offenders, while drug dealers and violent drug traffickers can expect a harsher punishment.  

“I think it’s a good clean up and it’s a good first start in treating drug users as patients rather than hardcore criminals,” said Sundin.

Other changes include increasing penalties for repeat drunk drivers who kills someone on the road, or allowing pharmacies to send patients home with 90 days of prescription drugs.

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