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New Bill Would Increase Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

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LANSING (WWJ) – Michigan’s minimum wage would gradually increase to $10 an-hour under legislation introduced in Lansing Tuesday. The bill’s sponsor is Senator Burt Johnson (D-Detroit) who says he’s looking for bi-partisan support.

“Our folks are all the same, you know, jobs not available in Macomb County the same as a job not available or underpaid in the city of Detroit,” said Johnson. “I don’t think people of either political ideology really care who gets it done – I think they want all of us to pay attention to the fact that there isn’t enough money coming into working men and women’s homes.”

The Democrat says while a similar bill did not even get a hearing last year, he hopes Governor Snyder will sign on.

“He talks of relentless positive action and we’re hoping that he sees this as something that would very quickly focus on the economy with people in their home.

Johnson said does not know where Snyder stands on the issue.

Michigan’s minimum wage is currently $7.40 an hour and the proposed legislation would increase the minimum wage by 2016.

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