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Grassroots group submits petition for wage raise

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Photo - Members of a coalition working to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from the current $7.40 an hour, prepare to file more than 300,000 signatures Wednesday, May 28, 2014,  in Lansing, Mich., for a measure to appear on the November ballot. The signature submission comes one day after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation raising the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018. (AP Photo/Emma Fidel)
Members of a coalition working to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from the current $7.40 an hour, prepare to file more than 300,000 signatures Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Lansing, Mich., for a measure to appear on the November ballot. The signature submission comes one day after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation raising the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018. (AP Photo/Emma Fidel)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Labor and community organizers have submitted about 320,000 petition signatures calling for a Michigan ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

The Raise Michigan group filed the petitions Wednesday, one day after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation raising Michigan's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018. Lawmakers say they aimed to repeal and replace the law that the ballot initiative would amend.

Raise Michigan attorney Mark Brewer says Michigan must now review the signatures even though it's unclear if the ballot measure could change a law that's been replaced. Brewer was Michigan Democratic chairman for many years.

Raise Michigan spokeswoman Danielle Atkinson says the group is obligated to the people who signed the petition to see the ballot initiative through.

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