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Elections panel to consider minimum wage, wolf hunting petition drives

moneyA state elections board will decide tomorrow (Thu.) whether to approve petitions seeking to create two new laws. One would allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The other would boost the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
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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.
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State Senate votes to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour

Stack of MoneyA bill to raise Michigan’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour by 2017 has cleared the state Senate.

The bill is really an attempt by Republicans in Lansing to kill a petition drive that would raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour – including for tipped workers.

“I was afraid that, if this ballot proposal was passed, that it would be detrimental to the work we’ve done the last three years,” said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, who sponsored the bill. “So, it’s kind of a compromise. We’re taking a step in that direction, but we’re not jumping off the cliff.”

“What we did was we replaced it. And I think what we came up with was a far better answer to the question than what was being proposed.”

Under Senate Bill 934, tipped workers making the minimum wage would also get an 85-cent raise. The minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped workers would be tied to inflation after 2017. That’s unless the state’s unemployment rate rises above 10%.

Any yearly increase in the minimum wage could not exceed 4%.

A previous version of the bill would have set the minimum wage at $8.15 an hour, and $2.93 for tipped workers.

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer has been calling for a similar increase in the state’s minimum wage. He personally thanked Richardville for passing the bill in front of reporters Thursday after the vote.

“Thank you, Randy. Great job today. Congratulations,” he told the Republican leader.

“We are better in Michigan than having people work full time and living in poverty,” Schauer told reporters minutes earlier. “$7.40 an hour is a poverty wage. $8.15, which was introduced last week, is a poverty wage. This is a significant increase.”

But the bill has also drawn criticism from both political parties.

Some Democrats still oppose the legislation. They say it does not go far enough.

And a spokesperson for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, says he has “grave concerns” about raising the state’s minimum wage.

The bill now goes to the state House.

The Raise Michigan campaign says the measure will not stop it from turning in its petition signatures.

Minimum wage advocates cheer on President Obama in Ann Arbor



President Obama’s visit comes as groups in Michigan are pushing to raise the state’s minimum wage. Those groups were out in full force to cheer on the president.

The Raise Michigan coalition hopes to put a question on the November ballot. It would ask Michigan voters to raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour by 2017 and then tie it to inflation after that.

Frank Houston is with Raise Michigan.

“This can be literally the difference between you keeping your housing, putting food on the table, putting gas in your car, or even owning a car.”

Republican leaders in the state legislature say they have no interest in raising the state’s minimum wage. They say wages will rise on their own as the economy improves.

POTUS stumps in Michigan for minimum wage hike

President Obama was in Ann Arbor today to make the case for an increase in the minimum wage. The President told a crowd at the University of Michigan it’s a mistake to try to boost the economy with tax breaks for the wealthy.

“We believe our economy grows best not from the top down, but from the middle up and the bottom up. And we want to make sure that no matter where you’re born, what circumstances, how you started out, what you look like, what you’re last name is, who you love, it doesn’t matter. You can succeed. That’s what we believe.”

The President has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to 10 dollars and 10 cents. The President also endorsed a ballot drive in Michigan to increase the state minimum wage. Employer groups say an increase in the minimum wage would cost jobs, drive up prices, and slow the economic recovery.