Senate votes to increase minimum wage to $9.20

A Republican bill to raise the minimum

from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour has passed the Michigan Senate.

The bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville passed 24-14 and now goes to the House. It would tie the
minimum wage to inflation with a cap and raise the wage for tipped employees from $2.65 to $3.50 by 2017.

Richardville initially proposed a target
wage of $8.15 but changed it to $9.20 by 2017 on Thursday after negotiations.

The bill repeals the existing
wage law and enacts a new one. It could thwart a ballot drive to gradually raise the wage to $10.10 by 2017. The campaign has collected more than the 258,000 signatures needed for a measure to appear on the November ballot to amend current law.