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May 16, 2014

Business in Brief: 05/16/2014

LinkedIn workshop set for May 20 in TC

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan International Association of Administrative Professionals is hosting a free event, Tech Tuesday — The Importance of your LinkedIn Profile, on May 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Northwest Michigan Works office in Traverse City.

Michigan Works Career Facilitator Jessica Hodges will guide attendees through building a LinkedIn profile. Visit for more information.

Senate: Boost minimum wage to $9.20 an hour

LANSING — The Michigan Senate approved raising the state’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour from $7.40 in a compromise that some supporters hope will pre-empt a ballot drive to raise it to $10.10.

The bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, passed 24-14 on Thursday with bipartisan support and now goes to the House, where its future is uncertain. It would raise the minimum wage to $8.15 an hour in September, and then to $9.20 by January 2017 in three 35-cent increments.

“Everybody gained a little bit here and everybody lost a little bit here,” Richardville said. “But I think it was good legislation. I think that businesses can plan now for the future.”

House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, has “grave concerns” about some aspects of the bill, which will be closely reviewed in the House, Bolger spokesman Ari Adler said. He didn’t specify a timeline for moving the bill through that chamber.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder will also review the legislation, which he thinks deserves “an open discussion,” according to spokeswoman Sara Wurfel.

Fourteen Senate Republicans and 10 Democrats voted for the bill, while 12 Republicans and two Democrats voted against it.

Richardville designed the bill to nullify an ongoing ballot drive to amend current law to $10.10 an hour by 2017. His bill would repeal the existing wage law and enact a new one, rendering the ballot measure moot.

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