Minimum Wage increases by 44 percent

In her 2006 State of the State speech, Granholm called on legislative leaders to support an increase in the state’s minimum wage. Later that year, she signed the first increase in 9 years. The increase was phased-in in four steps over two years. Minimum wage was $5.15 per hour before March 29, 2006; by July 1, 2008 it had increased to $7.40 per hour.