GOP Gov. Snyder Signs Michigan Minimum Wage Increase

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 10:59 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday voted to raise the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour by 2018, joining other U.S. states and municipalities that have considered increases in the minimum wage this year.

The increase in the minimum wage was approved by bipartisan votes in both chambers of the Republican-controlled Legislature. The House vote was 76 to 34, while the Senate vote was 24 to 12.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill into law later on Tuesday.

"This is something that is good for Michigan," Snyder told a news conference. "It's good for the hard-working people of Michigan and I believe economically sound."

The law ties the state's minimum wage to the rate of inflation starting in 2019, capped at 3.5 percent per year, and sets the minimum wage for workers earning tips such as waiters at 38 percent of the minimum wage for non-tipped workers.

Michigan's current minimum wage is $7.40 per hour for non-tipped workers and $2.65 per hour for tipped workers.

Minimum-wage increases have been considered in 38 states this year in a national push by Democrats. Minnesota was among the states to approve an increase in the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour for large businesses by August 2016.

President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25, but did not win the backing of the Republican-led House of Representatives.

In Michigan, the approval of the minimum-wage hike came a day before a deadline for a group to turn in signatures to put a ballot proposal before voters to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017 and index wage increases to inflation.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said he had concerns about the ballot proposal.

"Restaurants, tourism, young people would have suffered," he said. "I don't think it was the intent of those who drew up the ballot proposal, but it had some serious problems in it."

By tying the increase in the minimum wage to an index, the debate can be taken off the table for a long time, he added.

"Michigan families are working harder than ever, and they deserve a raise," said Rep. Tim Greimel, the House Democratic leader.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Texas Calls Voter ID Trial Obama Play For Minority Votes

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 15:34 PM

The U.S. Justice Department wants Texas back.
A trial that began today in Corpus Christi over the legality of a vot . . .

Obama Warns Stopping Ebola 'Will Not Be Easy'

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 15:27 PM

US President Barack Obama told West Africans on Tuesday that Ebola could be beaten but cautioned that it would not be ea . . .

Stumbling Christie Heads to Mexico to Shore Up Foreign Policy Credentials

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 15:24 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But the t . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved