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Minimum Wage debate in Lansing turned on its ear by new proposal

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LANSING  (WKZO) -- The Michigan Senate has approved a hike in the minimum wage that has democrats climbing on board and many republicans bailing.

The measure would hike the minimum from the current $7.40/hr. to $9.20/hr, and index it to the cost of living so it would automatically adjust for inflation.  

It would also raise the minimum for tipped workers from $2.65 to $3.50/hr.'

That version is different than the proposal that Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville had been pitching earlier this week, and much more in line with what Democrats had been demanding. 

Richardville says the version that apeared headed for the ballot this fall which would have increased the minimum to $10.10/hr,  is poorly drafted and too expensive and his revised proposal would nullify the petition drive.

While that has outraged the group gathering the petitiions and some democrats, the new Richardville proposal was able to garner the votes of all but two democratic senators. 

It’s also getting praise from Democratic Gubenatorial candidate Mark Schauer who says its very close to his proposal, and he is urging Governor Snyder to sign it.

But first it heads to the House where the spokesman for Speaker Jase Bolger says it contains provisions they have “grave concerns about”.

Ari Adler says "We will not make any decisions about what to do with the bill until we have a chance to get a better understanding of the potential negative impact of this proposal on Michigan’s working families and job providers.”

Half the senate republicans, including west Michigan Senators Tonya Schuitmaker and John Proos voted against it.

 

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