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      Group gets go-ahead for minimum wage ballot drive in MI

      <font size="2">"Raise Michigan" gathers roughly 258,000 valid signatures by late May,</font>

      By DAVID EGGERTA group has gotten the go-ahead from election officials to collect signatures that gradually raises Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.10 an hour.

      The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved the form of a petition submitted by organizers of the minimum wage ballot drive.

      If "Raise Michigan" gathers roughly 258,000 valid signatures by late May, the proposed law would first go the Republican-led Legislature. It would have 40 days to vote or leave it to voters.

      Since GOP lawmakers haven't embraced raising the state's minimum wage above $7.40, the measure would likely head to a statewide vote in November.

      Legislators also could reject the legislation and approve their own minimum wage bill, in which case both measures would be put before voters.(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)