Land Opposes Democrats' Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, DEC. 24 ** Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is shown during an interview Dec. 10, 2007, in Lansing, Mich. Land didn't get a lot of changes she'd hoped for this year in voting requirements, campaign finance disclosure and the creation of a new, dual-purpose driver's license. But she's optimistic lawmakers will have more time to spend on her suggestions in 2008. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A spokeswoman says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land opposes Democratic legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but there's "room" for a smaller increase.

Heather Swift says Land is studying options and isn't yet committing to a specific increase. Senate Republicans blocked legislation to gradually boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, then link it to inflation.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters is running against Land. Peters spokeswoman Haley Morris says he supports the legislation "to strengthen our middle class and those aspiring to get there."

Swift says the Senate bill would cause "up to a million Americans to lose their job in an already tough economy."

Advocates seek to put a similar minimum wage proposal before Michigan voters in November.

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