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Well I just got off the phone with Muskegon's state representative Marcia Hovey-Wright and it turns out that Michigan just now passed a minimum wage increase to $9.25 per hour -- it is currently at $7.40 per hour. The minimum wage will rise incrementally by about 45 cents per year until it reaches $9.25 by 2018. Tipped workers salaries increased to 38% of minimum wage, to go up to about $3.50 per hour.

Once the 9.25 minimum wage is in effect the minimum wage will rise along with the consumer price index up to a maximum of 3.5% CPI (per year, I believe).

If one wants to be a cynic, one could suggest Michigan's Republican controlled government did this purely to avoid a higher minimum wage and CPI increase which may have appeared on the ballot as a ballot initiative this year.

But ultimately, this is a good thing. It's going to mean a lot for the people of Michigan and the folks who work long hours for very little.

Originally posted to Muskegon Critic on Tue May 27, 2014 at 02:58 PM PDT.

Also republished by Motor City Kossacks.

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