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Minimum Wage Battle Heats Up Today

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(WLNS) - Today legislative Democrats and Michigan workers will address efforts to raise the minimum wage.

Just last month a coalition group started gathering signatures to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

But a bill sponsored by Senate Republican leader Randy Richardville would put a stop to it.

And today some Democrats are expressing their concerns, too.

Today they're speaking out about what they feel is a legislative stunt to undermine democratic process and prevent the hourly wage of $10.10 an hour from going into affect.

The bill being proposed by Richardville calls for an hourly wage of $8.15 and Michigan Democrats say its just not enough.

The bill that proposes $8.15 an hour is intended to circumvent the petition that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Senator Rick Jones introduced a similar bill last month but it was geared to keeping wages of tipped employees flat.

Michigan workers and Democrats say the current bill is a round-about effort to decrease the citizen-initiated ballot drive to raise the minimum wage.

The press conference being held by Senate Democrats

and Michigan workers will be today at the Capitol in room 405 at 9:30 this morning.

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