Michigan Lawmakers Approve Minimum Wage Hike

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LANSING, Mich. (May 27, 2014) – Michigan’s minimum wage workers are getting a raise.

The pay increase would be gradual, ultimately rising to $9.25 an hour by 2018.

Starting in 2019, it will be tied to the rate of inflation, but the increase would be no more than 3.5 percent annually.

A raise in the tipped wage will also be tied to the same rate of inflation.

After passage in the House and Senate, the measure is headed to the governor’s desk.

“This is a good compromise,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bill that makes the change, SB 934, was introduced to kill a petition drive by Raise Michigan.

The goal of the group was to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The ballot measure would have also raised the pay of tipped workers who currently earn $2.65 an hour.

Raise Michigan is scheduled to turn in some 300,000 signatures tomorrow in Lansing.

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