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Senate Votes To Increase Minimum Wage To $9.20

LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A Republican bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour has passed the Michigan Senate.

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.

A spokesman for Speaker of the House Jase Bolger said, "Sen. Richardville’s minimum wage bill needs to be closely reviewed because it makes many changes to the law that Speaker Bolger has grave concerns about. We will not make any decisions about what to do with the bill until we have a chance to get a better understanding of the potential negative impact of this proposal on Michigan’s working families and job providers.”

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

“The Senate-passed increase in the minimum wage is moving in the right direction – up.  It’s a far better bill than the original but it does not go far enough," said Gilda Z. Jacbobs, President and CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy.
"The tipped wage in particular remains a concern. Many food service workers, the majority of them women, are unable to support themselves and their families on their earnings. Those who work hard and long hours should be able to meet their basic needs on their wages.’’

Some democrats feel Governor Snyder doesn't care about Michigan families who are working hard and struggling to get by. Governor Snyder and his spokespeople have told a wide variety of media outlets that raising the minimum wage isn't a burning issue because Michigan is already above the federal wage.

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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