The Republican-controlled House and Senate watered down plans to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2022 that was initiated by voters in a petition. Lawmakers adopted the plan before the November election and later changed them before the end of 2018. Current law now gets the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2030.
“As a working mom who has spent a lifetime getting to $15 an hour and has been plagued with questions of uncertainty about how to keep it all together for my family, I know very well why this increase is so important and that answer is simple: dignity,” said Democratic Sen. Betty Jean Alexander of Detroit and sponsor of the senate bill. “I know the struggle. It’s real, people who voted no don’t understand. It’s hard to pay bills when you barley have any money coming in.”
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