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Posted: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 3:40PM

Report Indicates Minimum Wage Deal Struck In Lansing

There is word out of Lansing that a deal has been struck among House and Senate leaders to increase Michigan's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018, and possibly have it on Governor Snyder's desk before Raise Michigan turns in petitions to put an increase to $10.10 an hour on the fall ballot. The group is expected to have those petitions submitted yet this week. Lansing's MIRS News reports the deal, struck today, indexes future wage increases to inflation and will also include a raise for tipped employees to around $3.51 an hour.

The Senate has recently passed an increase in the minimum wage to $9.20 an hour, while a House committee Tuesday approved an increase to $8.50. The Senate bill indexes future increases to inflation, while the House bill does not as that measure is opposed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. House Republicans have not been willing to move the wage as high as the Senate, where the GOP is more apt to do so in order to win the backing of Democrats for increased road funding. Both the House and Senate would have to approve the newly-bartered deal today to have it on Governor Snyder's desk before the petitions are turned in on Thursday.


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