(02/13/13) - President Obama wants to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2015.
Right now, a full-time worker making the current minimum wage, $7.25 an hour makes $14,500 a year.
An increase to $9 an hour by 2015 would bump the annual income to $18,000 a year.
A bill just introduced in Lansing could push Michigan's minimum wage higher than what the president is suggesting. Democratic Detroit Senator Burt Johnson wants Michigan's minimum wage to slowly increase to $10 an hour by 2016. Our current rate is $7.40.
Flint Congressman Dan Kildee spoke with us on ABC12 News This Morning about an increase in the minimum wage. He says it's best for the economy and people.
"The real problem that we see in the economy is that wages have fallen dramatically. The one way to forge decency for all Americans is to make sure a full-time worker in any job is not living in poverty. And what this $9 minimum wage would do is to ensure that if a person works hard, no matter what job they have, they are not confined to a life of poverty," he said.
Congressman Kildee also praised President Obama for touching on the Paycheck Fairness Act and Violence Against Women Act - both championed by Kildee.
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