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Michigan minimum wage debate heats up

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - The debate over the minimum wage is heating up in Lansing now that a citizens group says it has collected enough signatures to get it on the ballot this fall. They are proposing a raise in the state’s minimum salary from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over the next two years.

The proposal may be dead on arrival if the legislature approves a counter proposal pitched by Senate Leader Randy Richardville for a smaller increase. Richardville believes its an issue the legislature should resolve and not the electorate. Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer says that’s what they always say.

Richardville says he plans to press for a vote in the next week or two on his plan, which would raise the minimum to $8.15 an hour.