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Michigan's minimum wage rises this Labor Day


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.