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Senate Minimum Wage Change Would Still Repeal Law and Block Ballot Question

 
Senate Minimum Wage Change Would Still Repeal Law and Block Ballot Question
Posted Thursday, May 15th 2014 @ 3pm  by The Associated Press

A Republican sponsored bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour  passed the Michigan Senate today.

The bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville passed 24-14 and now goes to the House. It would tie the minimum wage to inflation with a cap and raise the wage for tipped employees from $2.65 to $3.50 by 2017.

Richardville initially proposed a target wage of $8.15 but changed it to $9.20 by 2017 on Thursday after negotiations.

The bill repeals the existing wage law and enacts a new one. It could thwart a ballot drive to gradually raise the wage to $10.10 by 2017. The campaign has collected more than the 258,000 signatures needed for a measure to appear on the November ballot to amend current law.

 

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