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Minimum Wage Increase Might Be on Michigan Ballot

 
Minimum Wage Increase Might Be on Michigan Ballot
Posted Tuesday, January 28th 2014 @ 4am  by Michigan Radio Network

The effort to raise the minimum wage in Michigan got another push Monday.

Community organizing, social justice and labor groups have formed the Raise Michigan coalition to explore a petition drive to put a minimum wage proposal on the November 4 statewide ballot.

Michigan’s minimum wage is $7.40 per hour while the federal level is $7.25. Workers who rely on tips for most of their earnings also will be included in the wage hike.

Currently Michigan tip workers, like waitresses and bartenders, earn $2.65 per hour.

Members of the coalition will make a formal decision on moving forward with a ballot campaign in the next few weeks.

Depending on the type of ballot proposal, the coalition would have to gather between 258,088 and 322,609 signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

Various bills have been introduced in the state legislature to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over three years while also raising the minimum wage for tipped employees and indexing the wage to inflation.

But Governor Snyder and Republican legislative leaders have indicated that they will not take up the bills this year. Last fall, Snyder said that raising the minimum wage was not a "significant issue" for his administration.

Michigan last saw its minimum wage rate hiked in 2008, when it went from $7.15 to $7.40. Twelve states increased their minimum wage on January 1.

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