LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan Senate is poised to approve a bill that would lower the minimum wage that can be paid to 18- and 19-year-old workers.

The legislation up for a vote on Wednesday would also raise a smaller minimum wage that employers can pay teens in their first 90 days of training.

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Supporters say fewer minors are looking for work before age 18 and letting employers pay older teens less would incentivize them to give inexperienced workers a job. Opponents say 18- and 19-year-olds are adults and preventing them from earning the regular minimum wage would hurt college students.

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Michigan’s minimum wage is $8.15 an hour and will increase to $8.50 in January.

Current law sets the minimum wage for teens 17 and younger at 85 percent of the minimum wage — $6.93.

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