Michigan Senate Okays Minimum Wage Increase

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Michigan workers who make minimum wage would get a dollar-eighty more per hour later this year under a bill passed unanimously today by the state Senate.

The wage would go from five-fifteen an hour to six-ninety-five in October. It would gradually rise to seven-forty per hour in July of 2008.

Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema said Michigan has not raised the minimum wage in nine years.

The bill could steal some thunder from a petition drive to raise the minimum wage. The Senate bill gives a bigger raise than the petition drive would.

Democrats pushing the ballot measure had hoped it would bring more Democrats to the polls in November.

The bill now goes to the House.