Group announces MI ballot drive for $12 minimum wage

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Supporters of raising Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour are launching a 2018 ballot drive.

The initiative was announced Thursday in Detroit by a group representing restaurant workers. 

Michigan’s hourly minimum is $8.90 and rises to $9.25 in January. Under the proposed ballot measure, all workers — including those earning tips — would make $12 per hour starting in 2022.

The wage would rise to $10 in 2019, $10.65 in 2020 and $11.35 in 2021.

Organizers need roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures to put the initiated law before lawmakers and potentially voters.

The last time labor organizers began collecting signatures for a higher minimum wage, in 2014, Republican legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder approved a smaller minimum wage boost to head off the ballot initiative.