Oppose
Employer Rights

$16 Minimum Wage

Staff Contact

Wendy Block

Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement

(517) 371-7678 | wblock@michamber.com

Summary of Bill & What it means to you

Takes wage decisions out of employers’ hands and establishes a minimum wage rate of $16 per hour for individuals with five years of “relevant” work experience and a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

Chamber Position

OPPOSE. Michigan’s minimum wage law was last updated in 2018 and the rate is set to increase gradually between now and 2030. Michigan already has one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country. Any further government-mandated increase would make Michigan uncompetitive in the race for jobs and force many employers to make tough business decisions, including cutting back staffing hours, increasing costs and reducing other investments in employees or the business. This policy has the potential to hurt the very workers its intended to help.

Bill Sponsors

This bill is a

Primary Sponsor: Sen. BETTY JEAN ALEXANDER, (District 5)

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