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Campaign to raise Michigan minimum wage moving forward


LANSING (WKZO) -- The campaign to raise Michigan's minimum wage continues, despite efforts in the state legislature to derail it. Danielle Atkinson, with the Raise Michigan Coalition, says that the petition drive to force a vote of the people on raising the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour has not been harmed by recent legislative proposals to instead increase it to 8.15, the most recent of which was sponsored by State Senator Randy Richardville.

"We know that we have overwhelming support to raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour," Atkinson told WKZO. "We're getting tons of signatures, and are on track to qualify. This is what democracy is about. We want to raise the minimum wage to 10.10, so we went out and asked the public in a totally transparent way, and people are signing and they get to vote up or down in November. What Senator Richardville is doing is a backhanded attept to derail the will of the voters."

Those opposed to raising the minimum wage say that doing so will harm business. The Raise Michigan Coalition has until May 28th to collect enough petition signatures to get on the ballot.