Politics & Government
1:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Gov. Snyder wants the state House to consider minimum wage legislation soon

Governor Snyder hopes the state House will turn its attention soon to a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage.

The state Senate already approved a bill to increase Michigan’s minimum wage, in steps, to $9.20 an hour.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Senate already approved a bill to increase Michigan’s minimum wage, in steps, to $9.20 an hour.

Snyder says it was good to see the bill pass in the Senate with bi-partisan support.

“I hope the House will take it up relatively soon. And make a serious review of it,” says Snyder.

Supporters say Michigan’s minimum wage has needed an increase for a long time.

Critics complain raising the minimum wage will hurt small business and cost many low wage employees their jobs.

There is also a petition drive underway to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

If the legislation passes, it could effectively make that petition drive pointless, because the bill replaces the law the petition drive is trying to change.