Take a hike
Remember how this Minnesota Legislative session was supposed to be an "unsession?"
The minimum wage deal came just after resolution of another contentious issue at the Capitol: a new senate office building. Bakk had insisted the new building was needed.
Naturally, there were vehement denials that one had anything to do with another. But I find it rather curious that Bakk himself said last month that while he personally backed the House minimum wage plan, there weren't enough DFLers in his caucus who would acquiesce to such legislation.
Last month, a group of nine DFL senators pleaded with Bakk in a letter to end the delay.Again, at that point in the legislative session, the House was still balking at moving forward with the Senate Legislative Office Building (SLOB). So what caused the aforementioned nine DFL senators to suddenly endorse the House minimum wage plan? Was it the rallies held by unions and other Democrat allies, urging the two chambers to come together posthaste? Or maybe, just maybe, the House was willing to OK the SLOB in exchange for the Senate's support of their minimum wage proposal.
"Recently, some in our caucus have been re-thinking the indexing issue. As a result, they have decided to lend their support. We are reaching out to you now to enlist your support, as well," said a letter sent to Bakk in mid-March. "Please help us pass this bill. It’s the right thing to do."
Am I being conspiratorial? Perhaps. But you have to admit that the timing just seems way too convenient.