Another proposal has been floated at the State Capitol to raise the minimum wage in Michigan.  And the sponsor is a Republican.

Proposal to Hike wages in Michigan under attack already is reporting that State Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) is proposing a plan he says already has bi-partisan support.  It would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.40 an hour to $8.15 beginning in December.  Hikes for those who receive "tips" would be limited to just 10-cents an hour.

Jones, appearing this morning on the Steve Gruber Show with Jo Anne Paul on 1240 WJIM-AM, said the idea is to give more to working Americans without breaking the banks of companies that are so crucial to the state's economic recovery.  His idea, he says, strikes a balance unlike a proposed ballot initiative on the issue.

Those with the "Raising Michigan Coalition", though, dispute those claims.  They say there is no evidence that an increase to what they would like--$10.10 an hour--would simply provide a living wage.

Jones, says, his idea is a good compromise that he's hoping all will look at seriously.  He says the idea of a ballot question is more government interference in an area that is already delicate.

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