Why do some states have a lower min wage than federal?

Had been reviewing minimum wage for Minnesota, which has evidently recently raised their minimum wage, and it occurred to me that some states still have a lower minimum wage than the federal standard which is $7.25. Just wondering how this is so?


  • There are minimum wage exceptions where the employer does not have to pay the employee the federal minimum wage. These exceptions are: workers with disabilities, full- time students, youth under 20, tipped employees, and student-learners. Attached is a link where you can read about it further.

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