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Gov. Mark Dayton told Muslim leaders Wednesday that he will propose a minimum wage of $10 an hour for workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

"They deserve it, the airline industry can afford it, and one thing about raising the minimum wage at the airport is it's not going to be a threat to move to South Dakota or China or somewhere else," Dayton said to applause from the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, which met for its annual day at the Capitol. "It's our airport, it's a public facility and it ought to better reflect the values of the citizenry."

Dayton said he chose $10 as a starting point, but if the Metropolitan Airports Commission wants to make it higher, "I don't have a problem with that."