LANSING (WKZO) -- This Labor Day, minimum wage earners have something real to celebrate.
Their pay will increase 75-cents an hour beginning with the new month to $8.15 an hour.
It was approved by the Legislature as the first step in a gradual increase in the minimum which will peak at $9.25 an hour on January 1, 2018.
It’s lower than the $10.10 minimum proposed by the President and by a group that had sought to put a hike on the Michigan ballot this fall.
The Republican leadership in the Legislature responded by proposing the lower minimum as an alternative.
Many economists say it still does not constitute a true living wage, especially for anyone trying to support a family.
The former Minimum, $7.40 per hour has been in place since 2009.