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Bill would increase minimum wage to $10 an hour

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

The current state minimum wage is $7.40 per hour.

The main sponsors of the legislation are Democratic Reps. John Switalksi of Warren and Rashida Tlaib of Detroit. They said raising the minimum wage would narrow income inequality and give residents "a chance at a better life."

A similar bill was introduced by Senate Democrats in February.

The measures have not been embraced by Republicans who control the Legislature nor Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. GOP legislative leaders say hiking the minimum wage would hurt employers' ability to hire people.

The current minimum wage last went up in 2008.

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