Michigan Democrats hope to raise state minimum wage

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A group of House and Senate Democrats wants to save Michigan workers hundreds of dollars by repealing a law passed in 2018.

It goes back to the One Fair Wage initiative that state Democrats tried to push last year. Right now the state minimum wage is $9.25 an hour. These legislatos want to see it back at $10 an hour and gradually increase to $12.

At the rate things are going now, Democrats say more than 300,000 people who are at or below the current minimum wage could lose out on more than $10,000 in wages if they don’t change the law.

Roughly 400,000 Michiganders supported the One Fair Wage proposal last year. Lawmakers passed it last September so that it would not be on the ballot in November, then changed it during the lame duck session.

That’s why some lawmakers say they’re not giving up the fight. 

“This is something that we’ll continue to drive on and on,” Representative Bill Sowerby says, “until hardworking families are paid the wages that they can have a sustainable living, that they can end up raising their economics. And that will only be good for the entire state. And I believe that my colleagues across the way, on the other side of the aisle will certainly begin to understand this and embrace it, especially when they hear from their own constituents.”

Democrats also say it would bring the minimum wage up to $12 an hour by the year 2022. If it doesn’t pass this time around, it would take until 2030 to reach that number.

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