State Rep. Greg Markkanen today highlighted upcoming changes for U.P. businesses regarding minimum wage increases.
Effective Jan. 1, Michigan’s minimum wage rate will increase from $9.87 to $10.10 per hour. In addition, the 85 percent rate for minors ages 16 and 17 will increase to $8.59 per hour and the tipped employee rate of hour pay increases will increase to $3.84 per hour.
The training wage of $4.25 per hour for newly hired employees ages 16-19 for the first 90 days of employment will remain unchanged.
“Businesses across the western U.P. should be aware of these new laws and the approaching effective date,” said Markkanen, of Hancock. “Anyone with questions regarding this change and how it is being implemented is welcome to reach out to my office.”
Further updates to minimum wage rates could come in 2023, pending court challenges.
Rep. Markkanen is set to conclude his second term in the Michigan House. On Jan. 1, he will begin his third term serving the new 110th House District, which includes residents in Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.
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“This project will bring jobs and an incredible investment to the Calumet community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Anytime we can pair an investment in local business with an investment in our armed forces, it’s a win for Michigan.”
“Many U.P. residents want freedom to install their own solar and have energy independence when possible,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “But they also need reliable and affordable energy when the sun is not out and the wind is not blowing. They also do not want tens of thousands of acres of their communities forced into being solar panels.”
“Local control is essential in all aspects of government, especially in projects that could change the entire landscape of a community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “The people who know best about our community were elected by our friends and neighbors to make those decisions. It’s vital that our voices don’t get drowned out by Lansing Democrats who want to make the U.P. into a parking lot full of windmills.”