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Senate delays vote on lowering minimum wage for older teens

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

The Michigan Senate has delayed voting on a bill that would lower the minimum wage that can be paid to 18- and 19-year-old workers.

The legislation scheduled for a vote Wednesday would also raise a smaller training wage that employers can pay teens in their first 90 days of work. A spokeswoman says majority Republicans have questions about the bill but could vote Thursday.

Supporters say fewer minors working before age 18, and letting employers pay older teens less would incentivize them to give inexperienced workers a job. Opponents say 18- and 19-year-olds are adults who deserve the regular minimum wage.

Michigan's minimum wage is $8.15 an hour and will increase to $8.50 in January.

The minimum wage for teens 17 and younger is 85 percent of the minimum wage.

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