May 27, 2014

Michigan House Dems Support Pay Raise for Minimum Wage Workers

Minimum wage set to increase 25 percent by 2018

LANSING — House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said a bill passed by the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday will bring self-sufficiency to many hardworking Michigan families. Senate Bill 934 will increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018, a 25 percent increase over the current minimum wage of $7.40 an hour. Beginning in 2019, the minimum wage will then increase with the rate of inflation up to 3.5 percent per year.

“Michigan families are working harder than ever, and they deserve a raise,” Greimel said. “I’m thankful for the groundswell of grassroots support for a minimum raise increase, which spurred the Legislature into action. This will go a long way to bringing relief to families who have been struggling for years to make ends meet. This bill moves us closer toward making economic security a reality for Michigan families.”

The minimum wage increase will have a major effect on households headed by women, who disproportionately make up minimum-wage earners. According to the Michigan League for Public Policy, women make up 53 percent of the state’s low-wage workers, even though they comprise just 48 percent of Michigan’s workforce.

“Passing an increase to the minimum wage will give a financial boost to Michigan’s working women and their families,” Rep. Rashida H. Tlaib (D-Detroit) said. “While I had introduced a proposal to lift the minimum wage to $10 an hour, I see this increase as a good first step. Now, we must work even harder to bring even more relief to Michigan families.”

House Democrats have introduced additional bills that would benefit working families, including a tax relief package that would restore the Homestead Property Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to previous levels, bring back the $600 per-child deduction and get rid of the new retirement tax that seniors have been struggling to pay. Those bills – introduced more than a year ago – have yet to receive any committee hearings.

“I’m proud to have helped give Michigan’s working families a pay raise, but our work here is not yet done,” said Rep. Jon M. Switalski (D-Warren), who had previously introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour. “We need to deliver tax fairness to Michigan families, so that fewer of their hard-earned dollars will go to pay for those increases levied on them over the past three years.”

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