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Posted: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:40AM

Pscholka Explains No Vote On Minimum Wage Increase



Michigan's minimum wage is headed higher despite the "no" votes of most local lawmakers. Governor Snyder signed the increase in the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by the start of 2018 into law Tuesday evening within hours after it quickly passed the House and Senate. Representative Al Pscholka explains his opposition.

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Pscholka isn't buying the argument that the wage increase now on the books was a good compromise and better for Republicans than the ballot proposal to boost the wage.

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Representatives Aric Nesbitt, Dave Pagel, Bob Genetski and Margaret O'Brien were all in the "no" vote column in the House, and Senator Tonya Schuitmaker of Van Buren County voted against the bill in the Senate. Republican Representative Matt Lori of Constantine was among the yes votes, while Senator John Proos is not in Lansing this week due to the death of his father on Monday and did not vote. The minimum wage will go up to $8.15 an hour in Michigan on September 1. Starting on January 1, 2019, future increases in the wage will be indexed to inflation.

   

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