Senate Bill 934 (Substitute H-2)

Sponsor:† Sen. Randy Richardville

Senate Committee:† Referred directly to Committee of the Whole

House Committee:† Government Operations

Complete to 5-27-14


Senate Bill 934 would increase the stateís minimum hourly wage for non-tipped workers 21 years of age and older to $7.65 as of September 1, 2014, and then to $8.50 per hour as of September 1, 2017, through a series of four steps. †The steps are shown in the chart below.†

However, the minimum wage would not be increased if the unemployment rate for the state exceeded 10% at any time during the year preceding the year of a prescribed increase.

The bill would repeal and replace the Minimum Wage Law of 1964 (MCL 408.381-408.398), which currently provides for the stateís minimum wage. [Note: Because much of the billís language mirrors the current minimum wage law, only changes to the current law are contained in the summary that follows.]

For workers 18 years and older, the state's minimum wage currently is $7.40 per hour for non-tipped workers, and $2.65 for tipped employees. For those under 18 years old, the minimum wage is 85% of the minimum wage. The bill would change the age threshold so that in the future those under 21 years of age would make 85% of the minimum wage.

The four steps in Senate Bill 934 would ultimately raise the minimum hourly wage for non-tipped employees 21 and older to $8.50 as of September 1, 2017, (dependent on the unemployment rate). The minimum wage for tipped workers would be 38% of the non-tipped minimum wage. The chart below shows the minimum wage for non-tipped workers 21 years of age and older, then tipped workers, followed by the minimum wage for non-tipped workers under 21 years old.

Effective 9-1-14

Effective 9-1-15

Effective 9-1-16

Effective 9-1-17

Non-tipped, 21 & over





Tipped workers





Non-tipped under 21





For employees receiving gratuities in the course of their work, if those gratuities do not meet or exceed the minimum wage for non-tipped employees, then the employer would be required to pay any shortfall to the employee.


The bill would increase payroll costs for the state and local units of government to the extent that they employ workers whose pay would be increased under the bill.†† Commencing in September 2014, costs would increase annually, commensurate with the differences in hourly wages, the numbers of employees affected, and the numbers of hours worked by affected employees.† Increased payroll costs would include both base compensation paid to affected employees and increased costs of any applicable employer-paid expenses, such as social security or Medicare taxes.

Based on 2013 data provided by Civil Service, costs of base pay to Executive branch employees may be estimated to increase over the FY 2012-13 baseline as follows:

Fiscal Year

Estimated Base Pay Increase over FY 2012-13Baseline:

2013-14 (one month)










Senate Bill 934 would likely have a negative, yet nominal, fiscal impact on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to the extent that SB 934 would result in an increase in the number of complaints, investigations, and enforcement actions pertaining to compliance with increases to the minimum wage.

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This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.