Group announces Michigan ballot drive for $12 minimum wage

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Supporters of raising Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour are launching a 2018 ballot drive.

The initiative was announced Thursday in Detroit by a group representing restaurant workers.

Michigan’s hourly minimum is $8.90 and rises to $9.25 in January. Under the proposed ballot measure, all workers – including those earning tips – would make $12 per hour starting in 2022.

The wage would rise to $10 in 2019, $10.65 in 2020 and $11.35 in 2021.

Organizers need roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures to put the initiated law before lawmakers and potentially voters.

The last time labor organizers began collecting signatures for a higher minimum wage, in 2014, Republican legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder approved a smaller minimum wage boost to head off the ballot initiative.

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