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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 EGGERT


      A 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.)

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