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Minimum wage debate takes a new turn

Minimum wage debate takes a new turn

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 (04/24/14) - A Michigan State Senator is proposing raising the state's minimum wage to $8.15 an hour.

State Senator Rick Jones, of Grand Ledge, introduced the bill Thursday.

Some say it's an attempt to stop a petition drive to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, for all workers, by 2017.

Under Jones' legislation, tipped-workers hourly pay would increase from $2.65 to $2.75 an hour.

Jones says raising the minimum wage would be a financial blow to local restaurants, which could trigger layoffs and closings.

Thursday night, ABC12 talked to John Lance. He's the co-owner of Flip Flops Grill 'n Chill in Mundy Township.

He say she already pays some of his staff above the minimum wage and is in favor of an increase. But, just not too high.

 "If the minimum wage was $10.10, it could definitely make a business have more part time workers than full time workers, it is hard to get by on just minimum wage nowadays, in order to keep an employee you have to pay them enough to live on," he said.

Labor union, AFL-CIO, calls the proposed bill an insult to struggling workers.
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