“No one who works hard should be forced to work for poverty wages, whether they are parents supporting young kids, or teenagers who are just starting their working lives. But this is exactly what we’re asking many minimum-wage workers to do — to put in their time at work and still remain poor.”
Gilda Jacobs - president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy.
The Michigan League for Public Policy is calling for a boost in the minimum wage, saying it would help the state's economy.
Its new report says most people who hold minimum wage jobs are 20 years of age, or older, and supporting children. It says twenty five percent of those working for minimum wage jobs are supporting twenty percent of Michigan’s children.
The league says the best way to help these workers would be to increase the minimum wage to $10.10. It’s currently at $7.40.
The report states a minimum wage increase would bring in more than one-billion dollars in economic activity, and create more jobs.