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Campaign To Hike Minimum Wage To $12 Turns In Petitions

A question to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour could be headed to the November ballot. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage says it’s gathered enough petition signatures to force the Legislature to vote on the question, or it goes on the November ballot. The initiative would also eliminate the lower minimum wage for restaurant servers and others who work for tips.

Tracy Pease is a server who says women who work for tips are more likely to face sexual harassment on the job.

“It is absolutely ludicrous the way that these, the way that waitresses are treated.” Pease said.

Business groups say a higher minimum wage will slow down hiring. Republican leaders in the Legislature had no immediate reaction, but generally oppose increasing the minimum wage.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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