LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that gradually increases the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018.
Legislative leaders have said the measure was intended to circumvent a pending ballot initiative to increase the hourly minimum to $10.10.
The current hourly wage is $7.40.
The Republican-led House voted 76-34 and the GOP-controlled Senate 24-12 Tuesday to send the bill to Snyder.
The compromise was struck a day before a committee turns in petition signatures for the higher minimum wage hike.
The new law includes a provision requiring the minimum wage to grow with inflation once it hits $9.25 an hour. It also raises the wage for workers who get tips to 38 percent of the minimum wage.(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)