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Not All on Board with Minimum Wage Hike, Lawmakers Split on Vote

Whether it was to rush to make a decision before a group pushing to hike the minimum wage even farther was able to get it on the ballot, or whether they felt it was simply the right thing to do, not all lawmakers were on board with the idea of increasing the rate to $9.25 an hour by 2018.

In fact, a number of Republicans and Democrats thought the plan on the table wasn’t good for either side.

MLive.com is reporting today a breakdown on how each lawmaker cast his or her ballot on the issue.  And while overwhelmingly approved, not all saw the increase as a win for all involved.

Some have been pushing for years to increase the wage but this year it became a political football, of sorts.

Dems were hoping to use the issue to show that Republicans don’t care about working families.  Republicans pushed back saying those types of jobs aren’t meant to be careers…but rather a stepping stone to a better paying job.

In the end, they were able to move mountains, it would seem, on getting the job done in a matter of days.

As for whether the passage helps or hurts lawmakers running for reelection–including Governor Snyder himself, remains to be seen.

You can be sure, though, that those with strong feeling on both sides of the issue, will focus on the roll call very closely.

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