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A $9 minimum wage? How about $10?

  It didn't take one Michigan lawmaker long to jump on a higher hourly minimum wage after President Barack Obama proposed a $9 an hour wage in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

  State Sen. Bert Johnson, a Highland Park Democrat, introduced legislation to make Michigan's minimum wage $10 an hour by 2016.
  The national minimum wage is currently set at $7.25 an hour. Michigan, at $7.40 an hour, is among 19 states with higher hourly minimum wages. Another 22 states have their minimum wages set at the federal level.
  Whether Johnson's proposal even gets a hearing is debatable.
  Republicans control the Senate, House and governor's office. Critics of a higher minimum wage argue it costs jobs and affects primarily small businesses.

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