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Group Still Fighting For $10.10 Minimum Wage

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – On Tuesday night the governor signed a bill which, over time will gradually increase the minimum wage to $9.25.

Some lawmakers say the new law nullifies a ballot petition to raise the wage to $10.10 an hour.

But 6 News Joe Khalil tells us why the campaign behind the ballot drive isn't giving up yet.

"Today we're turning in over 300,000 petition signatures."

Danielle Atkinson with the Raise Michigan campaign says for months the group has collected signatures to get a $10.10 minimum wage before Michigan voters on the November ballot.

There's just one problem the proposal seeks to amend a law which as of Tuesday night no longer exists.

"We're disappointed that the legislature took that step.”

The new minimum wage law will eventually raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville acknowledged the motivation for the bill was in part to undermine the ballot proposal which he says would have been disastrous for the state’s restaurant industry.

Reporter: "What's your reaction to the $9.25 number?"

Frank Houston, Raise Michigan: "It's not enough. The $10.10 lifts a family of three beyond the poverty line."

"That was an obvious attempt to undermine the constitutional right of initiative which is a people's right,” said Mark Brewer, Attorney, Raise Michigan.

Raise Michigan's attorney Mark Brewer says the group turned in its signatures and is ready to move forward with its ballot iniaitve.

"This is about much more than this initiative. If the legislature is essentially allowed to undermine and gut the right of initiative, it will affect everybody in this state, no matter what your political background, no matter what your ideology."

"We really believe 1010 by 2017 is what families need to be financially stable."

Atkinson says she’s got a support baser of more than 300,000 backing her up. Be sure to stay with 6 News on-air and online at for our continuing coverage on Michigan’s minimum wage increase.

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