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Michael Patrick Shiels
WSJM-FM 94.9

Posted: Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:00AM

Report: Minimum Wage Increase Isn't Enough

Michiganders who make minimum wage will find a little extra in their paychecks as the first of four scheduled increases took effect Monday. But a new report suggests the new wage is not enough to raise many families out of poverty or close wage gaps here in Michigan. Yannet Lathrop with the Michigan League for Public Policy authored the report. She says Michigan has the largest gender wage gaps in the nation.



The minimum wage is heading to $9.25 per hour in 2018. She recommends raising it to least $10.10 per hour to truly make an impact.



She recommends expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, encouraging collective bargaining, and supports workplace flexibility for parents as necessary ways to close the wage gap between high and low income workers.

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