$10.10/hour minimum wage petition shot down by state elections board
A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
A bipartisan majority of the Board of State Canvassers threw out dozens of signatures after a last-minute challenge from opponents. They say the signatures were from people who signed the petition more than once, which is illegal under Michigan election law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.