Potential for minimum wage increase on Michigan ballot

Mon, Jul 27 2009 — Source: Business Week

The Michigan Democratic Party is considering asking voters to raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.40 an hour to a national high of $10 an hour, increase unemployment benefits and require all employers to provide health coverage. Other proposals floated Wednesday would cut utility rates by 20 percent and impose a one-year moratorium on home foreclosures. Democrats will research the five proposals and survey party members before deciding which ones to attempt placing on the November 2010 ballot, state party chairman Mark Brewer said.