Minimum Wage

Governor Signs Minimum Wage Increase to Avoid Ballot Proposal; Legal Battle Likely

In an effort to ward off a dangerous ballot proposal to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the Legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed, legislation to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25 per hour. However, the question of whether this issue will be on the November ballot is far from settled, as the group aiming to put this issue before voters in November turned in over 300,000 petition signatures late on May 28, meaning the courts will likely debate whether the question can legally be on the ballot.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Calls for Highest Minimum Wage in the Country

Democratic candidate for Governor, Mark Schauer, has declared that, if elected, he would work to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 per hour to $9.25 per hour. Once fully implemented, the Schauer plan would result in Michigan having the highest minimum wage rate in the nation, thereby making Michigan uncompetitive in the race for jobs.