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Majority Of MI Residents Want Minimum Wage On Ballot

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – On the topic of minimum wage, a majority of Michigan residents want to vote on the issue and reject a senate passed bill that "negates" that opportunity.

That's the finding in a state-wide survey conducted for 6 News and other media outlets around the state.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick breaks down the numbers.

The Michigan senate recently passed a $9.20 an hour minimum wage that would automatically increase as inflation went up.

A statewide coalition is collecting signatures to boost the wage to $10.10 an hour and they may ask voters to approve it.

This statewide EPIC-MRA survey reveals that voters want the opportunity to decide this issue, not giving it to lawmakers instead.


(1) 54 percent want to Vote

(2) 29 percent don't want to Vote

(3) 39 percent want $10.10

(4) 38 percent want $9.20

For those who oppose the higher minimum wage 19 percent believe it will increase the cost of all goods and services, 18 percent say it will hurt the economy, 12 percent contend it will hurt small business and 11 percent conclude it will increase the jobless rate.

However, in the Michigan house a third option is being debated whereby the automatic inflationary increase is taken out of the bill. And its future in that body is unclear.

So while it is unclear where this debate is headed it is clear, if the data is correct, that a majority of citizens do want to vote on this proposal.

And the petition drive backers claim to have enough names to place this on the ballot and today is there self-imposed deadline for stopping the collection of those names.
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