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Group Seeks Lawmaker’s Help In Boosting Minimum Wage

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LANSING,Mich. (WLNS) – On the eve of President Obama's visit to Ann Arbor to push foran increase to the federal minimum wage, demonstrators in Lansing ralliedoutside of Congressman Mike Rogers' office asking for help in boosting the state'sminimum wage.

"He's not running for re-election. He can do some things that are actuallygoing to benefit all the people in his district," said Bob Alexander ofMichigan United.

Supporters of Michigan United are seeking 350,000 voter signatures to secure aballot proposal that will increase the minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $10.10an hour over the next few years.

However, business advocates say increasing the minimum wage isn't the answer tothe economy's problems. "Unless you believe in fairy-tale economic, this isgoing to have real impact on real employers in the state, as well as theiremployees," said Wendy Block, spokeswoman for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce."It could mean a cut in benefits, it may mean a cut in hours, it may mean a cutin jobs altogether."

The wage hike also proposes axing the tip credit for restaurant workers,meaning they, too, will earn $10.10 plus tips instead of $2.65 plus tips.Restaurant industry experts say it can be an enticing proposal for tippedworkers, but it could but business owners in a tight bind. "They're going tohave to make up that money if this goes through—either through increasing menuprices or reducing the number of employees they have."

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