Campaign to raise minimum wage to $10.10/hour turns in petition signatures

Members of the Raise Michigan Coalition say they gathered more than 300,000 petition signatures. The group submitted those signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office Wednesday.

Members of the Raise Michigan Coalition say they gathered more than 300,000 petition signatures. The group submitted those signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office Wednesday.

Activists have turned in petition signatures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to 10 dollars 10 cents an hour by 2017. That’s despite a new minimum wage law signed by Governor Rick Snyder just one day earlier.

That new law raises Michigan’s minimum wage to 9-25 an hour by 2018. It also repeals the old minimum wage law the Raise Michigan coalition hopes to amend to boost the wage to 10-10 an hour. That provision could make the group’s campaign moot.

Mark Brewer is an attorney for Raise Michigan. He says he doesn’t think so.

“If and when the voters vote ‘yes,’ in our view it raises the minimum wage in this state as set out in these petitions,” said Brewer.

Brewer did not rule out a court battle if state officials try to keep the initiative from moving forward – or refuse to enforce a 10-10 an hour minimum wage if it’s approved by voters.