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      Michigan lawmakers look to boost minimum wage

      A Republican bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour has passed the Michigan Senate. The bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville passed 24-14 and now goes to the House. It would tie the minimum wage to inflation with a cap and raise the wage for tipped employees from $2.65 to $3.50 by 2017. Richardville initially proposed a target wage of $8.15 but changed it to $9.20 by 2017 on Thursday after negotiations. The bill repeals the existing wage law and enacts a new one. It could thwart a ballot drive to gradually raise the wage to $10.10 by 2017. The campaign has collected more than the 258,000 signatures needed for a measure to appear on the November ballot to amend current law.