Pressure Building to Increase Michigan Minimum Wage

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The AFL-CIO is out with a new survey Wednesday saying people in states like Michigan want higher minimum wages for workers.

The research found that 66 percent of voters said raising wages and salaries is good for their state, and they reject the idea that increasing wages will cost jobs and increase prices. The study surveyed 1,012 registered voters by phone, about 200 of those surveyed were in Michigan. (To read the complete survey result findings, click on the PDF linked to this article.)

The AFL-CIO study comes out on the same day the the Michigan Board of Canvassers is scheduled to considered an initiative petition that would allow voters to decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017.

The ballot initiative is being let by the Raise Michigan Coalition.

Coming up on WILX News at 5 p.m. why the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is against a minimum wage increase and why the Raise Michigan Coalition disagrees.

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