Statewide minimum wage hike starts today

Michigan's minimum wage is set to rise on New Year's Day. Their pay goes up by 15 cents an hour starting today January 1. And while states like OH and Kentucky have blocked wage increases, others like Colorado and Hawaii just instituted pay raises of nearly a dollar.

"The increase in the minimum wage will mean a boost for our lowest paid people in society in 2018".

Goodell said the earned income tax credit is targeted to those who need it most, while a minimum wage increase is across the board.

Workers who receive tips will get a wage increase from $4.08 an hour to $4.15.

The minimum wage is slowly being increased to $15 an hour in NY. The increases were spread out over a few years to give businesses time to adjust.

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"The minimum wage increase, new paid family leave requirements and the state's proposed employee scheduling regulations are concerning to employers in the area", he said.

Employers are required by the US Department of Labor and also by the State of Ohio Government, to have posted in their businesses the Ohio Labor Law Posters to be in what is called compliance. This marks the second increase toward a statewide $15 minimum wage.

Senator Sherrod Brown is in favor of this push for $15 an hour, and he has 77 pages aimed at showing why, according to an article in the Dayton Daily News in March 3, 2017. The minimum wage covers fast-food workers at more than 130 chains operating in NY, including Arby's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza, KFC, McDonalds, Panera Bread, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy's.

"We though are concerned about further efforts to increase that and make MI an even greater outlier in this area", says Block.


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