LANSING — The minimum wage for Michigan workers has risen today by 75 cents. It has increased from $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour.
The state legislature passed Senate Bill 934 in May, and Governor Rick Snyder signed it into law near the end of that month. The measure will gradually raise the minimum wage to $9.25 by 2018.
Today’s increase is the first minimum wage increase since 2008. The next scheduled wage increase will be in January 2016 to $8.50 per hour.
Tipped employees saw their minimum wage rise today to $3.10, and theirs will be $3.52 per hour by 2018.
The Raise Michigan group that held a ballot drive to increase the minimum wage was planning a rally for today in Detroit. However, the group didn’t get everything it wanted.
Raise Michigan was seeking an increase to $10.10 per hour by 2017 and didn’t get enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot to accomplish that task. Senate Bill 934 circumvented Raise Michigan’s effort by repealing Michigan’s existing minimum wage law and installing a new one.