A bill in the state Legislature would boost Michigan’s minimum wage to ten dollars an hour. It was introduced just a day after President Obama called for a federal minimum wage increase in his State of the Union address.
The proposal in the state Senate would boost Michigan’s minimum wage from $7.40 dollars an hour to $10 dollars an hour by 2016. That’s a dollar more than what the President is calling for. After 2016, the state’s minimum wage would be tied to inflation.
Right now, Senator Bert Johnson says the minimum wage is not enough to live on.
“It’s time that we support workers, support women, support people who are just making it so they can make more,” he says.
The bill isn’t likely to get far in the Republican-controlled state Senate.
“Wages and who is going to get what wage is best determined in the marketplace,” says Majority Leader Randy Richardville. He says he’d rather see wages come up organically as the economy improves.
The last time the state increased its minimum wage was in 2008.