Senate candidates differ on minimum wage hike

Terri Lynn Land

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. Representative 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.