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Michigan to raise minimum wage to $9.25 per hour

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Many residents think it's a good idea state lawmakers voted to raise the minimum wage.

It happened quickly. The House and Senate passed the increase, and the governor signed it into law in about a five-hour span of time on Tuesday.

At the Bringer Inn, one waitress has seen a lot of changes throughout her 30-plus years in the restaurant industry, and she's against a mandatory increase in her own base pay.

"Whenever the minimum wage goes up, we have to claim like we're making that. So we always pay more," said Joann Quiroga, waitress at Bringer Inn.

Bringer Inn's manager, Trevor Moore echoes those remarks. He said increasing the minimum wage could lead to damaging effects. He said the family-owned business has been around for nearly three decades and Moore wants to keep it that way.

The current minimum wage sits at $7.40 per hour, but that amount will increase. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that gradually increases the state's minimum wage until it hits $9.25 per hour by 2018.

Some said the minimum wage was never intended to support a family.

"It isn't supposed to be a living wage," Moore said.

Meanwhile, Quiroga said she is worried about what the changes will mean.

Tuesday's minimum wage increase came as Republicans moved to prevent a November ballot proposal that could've raised it even more.

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