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Community
4:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Ypsilanti Businesses React To Minimum Wage Hike

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The rising minimum wage doesn't appear to have too many Ypsilanti businesses concerned.

In fact at the Sidetrack Bar and Grill, owner Linda French says she pays her workers at least $10 an hour.  She doesn't think the legislature raised the minimum wage high enough. 

Haab's President Mike Kabat is glad the issue didn't come down to referendum that sought to hike the minimum wage for all employees to $10.10 an hour. 

He says tipped workers may have lost out in the long run under that plan, since they earn a good portion of their income from tips.

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Michigan News
7:46 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Michigan Legislature OKs Minimum Wage Hike

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Legislature approves $9.25 Michigan minimum wage

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to quickly sign a bill increases the Michigan minimum raise as a petition campaign is about to file signatures to force the wage floor even higher.

That will cap days and weeks of feverish negotiations between Republicans and Democrats and business and labor groups that produced the compromise measure that cleared the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.

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Michigan News
8:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Michigan House Republicans Prefer No Inflationary Ties To Minimum Wage

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Republican wants to make sure state minimum wage doesn't get tied to inflation

A bill to boost Michigan's minimum wage would not be tied to inflation if a state House committee chair gets his way.

The legislation would gradually boost the wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour over three years. After 2017, it would index the minimum wage to inflation.

That last provision is something House Government Operations Committee Chair Pete Lund doesn't want.

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Michigan News
7:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Minimum Wage Hearing Planned In State House

36th District Michigan Representative Pete Lund (R)
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Bill boosting minimum wage to $9.20 an hour to get hearing in state House

The debate over raising Michigan's minimum wage moves to the state House Wednesday.

A legislative panel will hear testimony on a bill that cleared the state Senate last week. Senate Bill 934 would gradually increase the wage from $7.40 an hour to $9.20 an hour. After 2017, the minimum wage would rise with inflation.
    
State Rep. Pete Lund, R-Shelby Township, chairs the panel. He says he's open to the plan - but he has some concerns.

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Michigan News
9:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike

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State Senate votes to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour

A 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.

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Michigan News
1:18 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Enough Singatures Collected To Put Minimum Wage Proposal On Ballot

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A campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan has collected enough signatures for a ballot drive being threatened by Republican legislation.

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Community
9:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners To Consider Resolution Supporting Efforts To Raise Minimum Wage

President Barack Obama at the University of Michigan last month calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
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The Washtenaw County Commissioners will enter the minimum wage debate tonight as they consider a resolution supporting an increase.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Washtenaw County Commissioners are considering a resolution supporting efforts to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Minimum Wage
8:09 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Some Michigan Lawmakers Critical Of Republican Minimum Wage Bill

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A Republican state Senator's legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 and hour to $8.15 an hour is drawing criticism from local lawmakers.

Legislation introduced by Rick Jones of Grand Ledge would also raise the minimum wage for tipped employees ten cents to $2.75 and hour. 

Democratic State Representative David Rutledge says he'd rather see the minimum wage issue decided by voters, because people recognize fairness.

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Michigan News
8:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Minimum Wage Alternative Offered In State Legislature

Michigan senator Rick Jones.
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State GOP Senator offers minimum wage hike alternative

A Republican in the state Senate wants to boost Michigan's minimum wage to $8.15 an hour.

Sen. Rick Jones' introduced the legislation Thursday, which would be an alternative to a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.

That ballot drive would boost the rate from $7.40 an hour to $10.10 an hour. It would also eventually raise the rate for tipped workers from $2.65 to $10.10 an hour.

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Community
6:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

President Obama Gets Good Response From University Of Michigan Students

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President Barack Obama got a positive response from University of Michigan students as he discussed a hike in the minimum wage.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on President Barack Obama's visit to Ann Arbor to push for a hike in the federal minimum wage law.

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Michigan News
10:45 am
Mon March 31, 2014

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

President Obama will be in Michigan to discuss his support for raising the minimum wage
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       ANN ARBOR - President Barack Obama plans to visit Michigan on Wednesday to discuss his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.

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Minimun Wage
1:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama will visit Ann Arbor next week to tout his plan for hiking the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Ypsilanti
10:45 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Ypsilanti Mayor Joins Call For Minimum Wage Hike For City Workers And Contractors

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber supports increase in city minimum wage
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Efforts to boost the minimum wage are underway at all levels of government, and now you can add Ypsilanti to the list.  MLive.com reported this morning City Councilman Peter Murdock is planning to introduce a resolution to boost the minimum wage from the current  $7.40 to $10.10 per hour. 

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Michigan News
7:49 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Campaign Sets Sights on Higher Minimum Wage

Minimum wage campaign sets its sights at $10.10
By Rick Pluta

The campaign to increase Michigan's minimum wage has upped its goal to $10.10 an hour in four years.

The petition drive had initially set its sights on raising the state minimum wage from its current $7.40 an hour to $9.50 by 2016, and then indexing the wage to inflation. The new wage target is part of an amended filing with the state.

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Michigan News
5:28 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Minimum wage campaign in Michigan is underway

A campaign to increase Michigan’s minimum wage expects to file its petition language later today with state elections officials. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the campaign wants to boost the state minimum wage to nine-50 an hour.

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WEMU News
7:14 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase: Pros and Cons

Michigan's Small Business Administration and a local organization dedicated to the success of locally-owned independent businesses are weighing in on the idea of raising the minimum wage. 

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Michigan News
7:11 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Michigan Legislature Unlikely to consider Raising Minimum Wage in 2014

Legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage all but ruled out, ballot drive likely
By Jake Neher

Legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage is not likely to go anywhere in 2014.

Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are not eager to take up bills to raise it above $7.40 an hour.

"It's a firm 'no' for me," said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. "I think that individual CEOs of companies in Michigan should make those decisions based on the marketplace, not some arbitrary law."

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Michigan News
7:54 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Campaign to seek Minimum Wage Hike in Michigan

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Campaign will try to raise minimum wage
By Rick Pluta

A ballot campaign is organizing to give a pay raise to the roughly 90 thousand Michigan workers who make the state minimum wage of $7.40.

The Raise Michigan coalition says it's looking to boost the state minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10.10 and index it to inflation. Tipped employees, such as restaurant servers, would also see a raise.  

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Community
2:51 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Ballot Proposal to Raise Michigan's Minimum Wage Possible This Year

David E. Rutledge 54th District State Representative (D)
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Income inequality is expected to be one of the key topics in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, but the issue is making news in Michigan as well. 

SEE ALSO:  Campaign to seek Minimum Wage Hike in Michigan

A new ballot proposal committee is considering over the new few weeks if they will try to put a  question on the November ballot to raise Michigan's minimum wage. 

State Representative David Rutledge says an increase will help Michigan particularly the Ypsilanti area.  Rutledge says it may cost businesses more in salaries, but they will benefit as well through consumers having more money to spend on goods and services.
   
State Senator Bert Johnson has introduced legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10  per hour by 2016, but similar legislation never made it out of committee last session. 

Michigan's minimum wage has been $7.40 hourly, since 2008, but for tipped workers has remained at $2.65 since the early 1990's.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a possible ballot question to increase Michigan's minimum wage law.

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