A top Republican in the Michigan Legislature is proposing legislation that could thwart a ballot drive to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
The bill introduced Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville would increase the hourly wage from $7.40 to $8.15 in September. But by repealing the existing minimum wage law and enacting a new one, the bill could render moot a ballot initiative amending the current law.
Labor-related groups and others are collecting signatures to put their higher wage increase to voters in November. Signatures are due this month.
The last time legislators approved a minimum wage increase, in 2006, Republicans struck a deal with Democrats after it became apparent a ballot proposal was likely to pass if it got to voters.