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Minimum Wage Debate On Hold

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The minimum wage debate continues in the state legislature. A bill that passed the state senate last week with bipartisan support would raise the minimum wage to $9.20 by the year 2017.

But there's a hold-up in the house and right now lawmakers say getting a deal "done" doesn't look promising any time soon.

6 News Joe Khalil has been following the story and has more on where lawmakers are right now on the issue.

The $9.20 minimum wage bill passed the senate last week. A house committee took it up on Wednesday. They actually ran out of time and didn't vote on it. Members of that committee expected to take it up Thursday, but that never happened. They adjourned before ever getting to it.

6 News spoke with lawmakers on both sides of the debate Thursday.

They tell me the biggest issue preventing a compromise is a provision in the bill that would allow the minimum wage to automatically increase every year to adjust for inflation.

The committee chairman, Republican Pete Lund says “that is a huge problem.”

Republican's won’t accept it, but one of the committee’s democrats says flat out they're not going to budge.

"The tying to inflation is a serious problem. When you're building higher wages year after year after year and higher costs to businesses--it's going to be harder for people to want to hire people at those entry-wage,” said State Representative Pete Lund, (r), Macomb.

"It's important that we tie it to inflation--that we index it because it allows for the purchasing power of the minimum wage that will benefit working class families so it's not something that we're willing to move on or budge on,” said State Representative Rudy Hobbs (d), Southfield.

Reporter: "You're not negotiating that part at all?"

State Representative Rudy Hobbs: "No sir."

Because the committee did not meet Friday, they'll have to wait until Wednesday of next week to reconvene and talk about this again.

6 News will provide updates as the minimum wage debate develops.
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