Bill Would Increase Michigan's Minimum Wage

By: News 10
By: News 10

LANSING - Today, Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) introduced a bill that would incrementally increase the state minimum wage to $10.00 per hour by 2015. Following that, the minimum wage would be linked to the rate of inflation as provided by the United States Department of Labor.

"As the economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession, hard-working men and women are still struggling to get by," Johnson said. "The costs of living continue to rise. Food, gas and other essential items get more expensive each year, but wages remain stagnant. This bill would provide much-needed support to Michiganders who work hard every day to support themselves and their families."

The legislation would raise the minimum wage to $7.90 by January 1st, 2013; to $8.40 by July 1st, 2013; to $9.00 by January 1st, 2014; to $9.50 by July 1st, 2014; and to $10.00 by January 1st, 2015. The current minimum wage is $7.40 per hour.

"A better minimum wage improves standards of living; stimulates consumption, and therefore job creation; and decreases the need for governmental assistance," Johnson said. "Today, Michigan taxpayers are subsidizing billion dollar corporations that pay their employees the currently inadequate minimum wage, because many of those earners still must rely on state assistance. My bill would shrink government spending and drive demand for products and services."

Indexing the minimum wage to inflation is central to the effectiveness of the wage standards. Without indexing, minimum wage workers lose purchasing power each year as the value of their wages continues to erode.

"It is time the Republican majority does something to benefit the people of Michigan, as opposed to raising citizens' taxes, eliminating tax credits for working families and slashing services in order to give taxpayer-funded handouts to their corporate benefactors," Johnson said. "For a year-and-a-half our friends, neighbors and family members have endured ongoing attacks against their livelihoods. By introducing this bill, I stand in lockstep with them."

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  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM
    Wow some rather retard highlights I've read... "Here is a simple solution to fix the minimum wage problem. Stop shopping at places that only pay minimum wage" ok idiot when you stop shopping at any place regardless of employee pay the business closes... it's not like the customers are supposed to know what the employees make.... "And by the way Nobody deserves a live-able wage job." Really? do you even know what a liveable wage is? We're talking the bare minimum here for minimum wage workers, like food, healthcare, a one bedroom apartment, transportation... NOT A HOUSE.... seriously how dumb can you get...
  • by Kurt Hayman Location: Garden City, MI on Apr 12, 2013 at 06:18 PM
    Yes, Minimum wage should have been increasing at the same rate as inflation years ago, And i want to thank Senator Bert Johnson of detroit for introducing the bill, and i pray that many more, republician and democrates alike will jump onboard this bill and help "we the people" of the great state of michigan, please don't lose focuse of what this state was founded on " WE THE PEOPLE", again thanks so much...
  • by Kevin Location: Kalamazoo on Feb 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM
    By the way, when I said earlier to "Get an education" I didn't mean necessarly to get a Degree. Just because you have a BS or MS doesn't mean that you will find a job in your field of study. Personally, as a business owner, I don't put much weight on Degrees. I just need to know that the person I hire can do the job. I have hired people with all the degrees and certifications that you could ask for. They were some of the worst employees that I ever had. I have hired self tought or on the job trained employees that were the best that I have ever hired. I find that, not all but a lot of the, educated with a degree have a attitude of entitlement. They are told that if you get a degree, you will make a lot of money. Not true. Thats my experience anyway.
  • by Kevin Location: Kalamazoo on Feb 1, 2013 at 04:25 AM
    I started working when I was 14 at a bike shop for $1.50/hour. I quickly moved my way up to $6.00/hour by working hard and asking for raises. Min Wage at the time was in think around $3.25/hour. I have never worked for min wage. Min wage was not meant to be a living wage, just a starting point. I am now 47. I now own a computer business. I have never paid min wage. I start people at $9.50 an quickly move them up if they do the work they are asked to do. Here is the trouble I find. I can't find anybody to work for me. It is hard to get anyone to even apply. Get an education. Don't settle for min wage, but don't expect the Goverment to force business to pay higher min wage. Its up to you to get paid better not them. And by the way Nobody deserves a live-able wage job. It is earned and there are a lot of businesses that would love to pay more money if they could just find the right help.
  • by Tonya Location: Troy on Jan 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM
    To everyone saying that people earning minimum wage should earn less/deserve what they are getting/need to get an education: get your heads out of the sand. I know many people with BS or even MS degrees (myself included) who can barely support our families. Does it make any sense that CEOs should be able to buy mansions and luxury cars when their hardworking employees can barely pay rent or put food on the table? Everyone deserves a job with a live-able wage, period.
  • by Leroy Location: Okemos on Dec 7, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    @Tired Grandma - It is no one elses problem that cannot quit smoking but your own. You were likely laid off from you union job because you were overpaid and underworked for many years. The fact that you can find nothing but minimum wage paying jobs is unfortunate, but only speaks to the lack of skills you have to offer employers. PS - you're spending $50 dollars a week on cancer rockets, stop smoking and you will give yourself a significant after tax raise in spendable income, which you can then use to buy a car.
  • by Tired Grandma Location: Jackson on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM
    I have been a smoker my entire life. Now that I have emphysema, I have reduced my smoking to around 1-2 packs a day. Since I got laid off from Kelsey Hays, I have only been able to find minimum wage jobs. It is impossible to quit smoking altogether. I have tried several times. We cannot afford even a used car to go back and forth to work. We are forced to take the bus.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 at 03:37 AM
    Here is a simple solution to fix the minimum wage problem. Stop shopping at places that only pay minimum wage. When they realize that they are losing money because they are paying minimum wage, they will increase wages. No matter what minimum wage is, rent is usually 60 hours of minimum wage, a fast food meal is 1 hour of minimum wage and cost of low end good vehicle is around 500 hours of minimum wage. It does not matter what is minimum wage.
  • by Elaine Location: Location on Dec 3, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    Dan it appears you have a lot of anger toward people that are doing a job at wages that cannot support them. Even some very well educated people have low salaries and find it difficult to live. I guess you don't believe in an honest days work for a liveable income.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2012 at 08:11 AM
    THE MIN. WAGE LAW DOES NOT STOP YOU FROM BEING FIRED IF YOU FILE A COMPLAINT. THEY MAY HAVE TO PAY YOU BUT ONLY YOU, NOT THE WAITRESS WORKING NEXT TO YOU. SHE OR HE WOULD HAVE TO FILE ON THEIR OWN. I KNOW THAT WHEN MY DAUGHTER WORKED AT FLYING J THEY WOULD FIGURE OUT TIPS AND THE LOW WAGE THEY PAID HER PER HR. AND THEN PAY ENOUGH TO GET HER TO THE MIN. WAGE, just as law intended. most places don,t and even if you file on them the state does not protect you from being fired nor will they require the company to start paying everyone that works there . each person needs to file and their jobs would not be protected. This information is what I received from calls to labor board and attorney generals office a couple of years ago . I was upset because the business my daughter worked at paid two something an hour and you could work all day and make ten dollars in tips plus 16 dollars in wages equaling 26 dollars for 8 hours work. This is only 3.25 /hr. far from min wage. To me this makes min. wage law a farce unless you file complaint and if you do you can now go look for another job.
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