Higher Minimum Wage Rates Take Effect In Michigan

Not enough. But the federal government has done even worse.

CBS Detroit

(WWJ/AP) — Workers who make minimum wage in Michigan will see an increase in payment, starting Monday. The state’s minimum wage increased from the current $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour on September 1.

Yannet Lathrop with the Michigan League for Public Policy calls the move a step in the right direction, but could have been more drastic.

“It’s just not going to be enough,” Lathrop said. “There’s a lot more work that needs to be done on raising wages to make them more of a living wage.”

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation in May to raise the state’s minimum wage by 25 percent gradually over the next four years, as Republicans controlling the state government moved to head off a November ballot measure that could have raised pay even more.

The Michigan House voted 76-34 and the Senate 24-12 for the bill. Roughly half the Republicans in the…

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