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Minimum wage proposals find support in Lansing

LANSING (WKZO) -- UPDATE (3:11 p.m.): A new plan to move the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour and tie future increases to either in flation or a 3.5-percent rate, whichever is lower, has been approved by leading state lawmakers.

MIRS News reports that a bill passed in the Michigan Senate to raise the state's minimum wage to $9.20 and tie future increases to the consumer price index met with significant changes in a Michigan House committee Tuesday. The revised proposal would lower the rate to $8.50 an hour and remove the tie to future increases.

Meanwhile, a poll conducted by the "Detroit Free Press" shows an effort to raise the minimum wage from its current level of $7.40 per hour has widespread support from Michigan voters. A proposed ballot initiative backed by the Raise Michigan coalition to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017 received support from roughly 56-percent of those surveyed by EPIC-MRA of Lansing.