We should know sometime next month if several groups backing a hike in the state's minimum wage will make an attempt to get the issue on the November ballot. No determination has been made yet how much of an increase will be proposed but many agree $15 an hour would provide for a fair living wage. The minimum wage was last increased in Michigan in 2008. It's been at 7.40 an hour ever since. Many businesses contend they could not afford to pay their hourly workers any more than they are now. They say if they were forced to they'd be left with no choice but to lay employees off to help cover the additional expense.

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