Group gets go-ahead for min. wage ballot drive

(AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, FILE)
(AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, FILE)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group has gotten the go-ahead from election officials to collect signatures for a measure to gradually raise Michigan’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.10 an hour.

The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved the form of a petition submitted by organizers of the minimum wage ballot drive.

If Raise Michigan gathers roughly 258,000 valid signatures by late May, the proposed law would first go the Republican-led Legislature. It would have 40 days to vote or leave it to voters.

Since GOP lawmakers haven’t embraced raising the state’s minimum wage above $7.40, the measure would likely head to a statewide vote in November.

Legislators also could reject the legislation and approve their own minimum wage bill, in which case both measures would be put before voters.

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