State approves petition form for minimum wage initiative

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials have approved the petition form for a group wanting to raise the state’s minimum wage and eliminate a smaller wage paid to tipped employees.

One Fair Wage Michigan — which is led by advocates for restaurant workers — cleared the procedural step Tuesday at the Board of State Canvassers. It needs roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures in a six-month window to submit the proposal to the Republican-led Legislature.

If lawmakers didn’t act, the measure would go to a public vote in 2018.

Michigan’s hourly minimum wage is $8.90 and rises to $9.25 in January. Under the proposal, the wage would rise to $12 by 2022.

The minimum wage for tipped employees would gradually increase from $3.38 until reaching the minimum wage for all other workers in 2024.

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  • Michael

    I recently went out to a nicer restaurant. The 20% tip for the 5 of us was $85. The waiter was great and I gave it to him.
    We were only one of his tables and we were there for an hour and a half. Good waiters and waitresses can make good money.

    That being said don’t expect a tip from me if you are making $12 to fill my coffee and bring me a plate of food. I’ll be paying your wage through the increased price of the meal not the tip.

  • Matthew Bongers

    Minimum wage increases haven’t worked the first time they were passed. The worth of your job will remain the same while you just end up spending more for everyday items. Inflation is the only thing that will happen. This measure will lift no one out of poverty. In the long run, minimum wage jobs will suffer and there will be fewer jobs available to our youth.

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