Detroit Regional Chamber Opposes Efforts to Increase Michigan's Minimum Wage

Jan 24, 2005, 00:00 ET from Detroit Regional Chamber

    DETROIT, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit Regional Chamber opposes
 proposed amendments that would provide for automatic increases to the state's
 minimum wage.  The Chamber has historically opposed any efforts to increase
 the state's minimum wage beyond the federal requirement.
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     "At a time when Michigan's economy is lagging the nation's, we don't need
 an additional burden on business over and above the federal minimum wage that
 could impact any chance of job growth in the region or the state," said
 Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Richard E. Blouse Jr., CCE.
 "Increasing the minimum wage will do nothing to lower our current unemployment
     Recent Chamber surveys indicate that the region's small business are
 planning to expand employment over the next six to 12 months.  "Increases in
 minimum wage rates will hit small businesses disproportionately," said Blouse.
 "An increase in the minimum wage that exceeds federal standards will limit, if
 not eliminate, their ability to expand."
     According to Chamber surveys, most businesses presently pay significantly
 above the minimum wage due to market forces.
     For more information, contact Sarah Hubbard at (517) 372-2278 or e-mail:
     The Detroit Regional Chamber is the leading business organization in the
 region and the largest chamber of commerce in the country.  The Chamber's
 mission -- to power the economy for Southeast Michigan -- is carried out
 through business attraction efforts, public policy advocacy, strategic
 partnerships and quality products and services for members.

SOURCE Detroit Regional Chamber