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Backers want voters to OK minimum wage of $9.50

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Backers of a minimum wage hike in Michigan say they'll ask voters to approve increasing the rate to $9.50 an hour and eventually bringing tipped employees to the same rate.

Frank Houston of the Raise Michigan ballot committee says proposed language for a ballot initiative was given to the Secretary of State's office on Monday.

Michigan's minimum wage is currently $7.40 an hour, slightly higher than the $7.25 federal minimum.

Under the proposal, the state's minimum wage would increase by 50 cents in January 2015, and again six months later. The final $1.10 increase would occur in January 2016.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is currently $2.65. That would increase 85 cents each year, starting in January 2015, until it reaches the minimum wage for other workers.

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