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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 7

General counsel opposes resolution

WAGE
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Public Interest Research Group in Michigan.
The assembly ignored Garber's objections,
voting to pass the resolution 25 to 5 with 4
abstaining.
The District of Columbia and 14 states
including California, New York, Illinois and
Florida have minimum wages higher than the
federal minimum wage of $5.15.
The minimum wage in Michigan has been
$5.15 for nine years even as inflation has erod-
ed the buying power of that figure. Working
full-time while making the minimum wage,
a worker makes $10,712 a year, $5,000 below
the federal poverty line.
The coalition includes members from
several student groups including SOLE, the
College Democrats, the Black Student Union
and the Michigan Progressive Party. These
groups' goal is to get 20,000 signatures from
the University community in support of the
ballot initiative. The coalition will start col-
lecting signatures on Jan. 16.
Statewide, groups including the Michigan
Democratic Party hope to gather 500,000
signatures in support of raising the mini-
mum wage. In order to place the initiative on
the November ballot 355,000 signatures are
needed by June 1, 2006, but supporters hope

to gather more to offset any petitions that
may be discarded because of flaws.
If volunteers are able to meet the quota of
signatures, the issue of raising the minimum
wage will be put on the November ballot. If
passed, the minimum wage will rise to $6.85
and be tied to inflation, meaning it will likely
reach $7.15 in about two years and continue
to increase.
The College Republicans have not made
public a position on the issue, but chair John
Kelly said he personally disagrees with the
minimum wage ballot initiative because it
bypasses the Legislature and undermines the
choices of the voting population and the offi-
cials they elected.
"Trying to circumvent elected chambers
isn't necessarily an appropriate way of han-
dling this," Kelly said. "The representatives
are put in place by the citizens, which indi-
cates the general preferences of the constitu-
ent."
The coalition believes raising the mini-
mum wage will have positive effects on the
student body, low-income workers in Michi-
gan and on the economy.
"People believe in the idea of a living
wage," Baker said. "People should be able to
support themselves no matter what job they
have."
Some conservatives think raising the mini-
mum wage is an ineffective way to combat

poverty.
The University's chapter of Young Ameri-
cans for Freedom opposes an increase in
minimum wage because businesses do not
have short-term control over revenue, which
they use to pay their workers. With a wage
increase they say, one of the consequences is
lowering the number of workers.
"Raising the minimum wage will be harm-
ful to the entire state," YAF vice-chair Clark
Ruper said. "Such an action will most directly
hurt those it is trying to help. No matter what,
the businesses will suffer along with the low-
wage workers they must let go."
The Raise the Wage coalition points to
evidence from the 14 states that already have
increased minimum wages. According to the
Raise the Wage Coalition, states with raised
minimum wages have seen no job loss and no
evidence of increased inflation.
"Evidence shows they have better econom-
ic growth, better unemployment and better
small business growth," Bates said.
Support for raising the minimum wage is
present in Michigan and important for stu-
dents, the coalition says.
"Seventy percent of Michigan supports
raising the minimum wage," Bates said. "It is
also an issue for students who are increasing-
ly being priced out by the increasing tuition
and funding cuts. More and more students are
finding it more difficult to pay for books and

STEVEN TAI/Daily
MSA Rep. Peter Borock offers College Democrats chair Libby Benton a petition for the
Raise the Wages Campaign at the MSA meeting last night.

work low-paid service industry jobs."
Some conservatives believe that young
workers would be the first to lose their jobs
after an increase in the minimum wage and
that creating new higher-paying jobs is better

than paying more for minimum-wage jobs.
"It's primarily an issue for high school
students with that level of employment,"
Kelly said. "It's better to have more jobs
than less."

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recalling the important role Namesnik
played in his life.
"He was such a huge influence on my
career," Dolan said. "It's hard to think
about swimming right now. (Namesnik)
was one of the reasons that I came to
(Michigan)." w
Namesnik left the University in 2004
when Bob Bowman was hired as the
new head coach following the legend-
ary Urbanchek's retirement. Namesnik
had been a popular candidate to replace
Urbanchek.

"I'd just like to see Namesnik get the
job" Indiana men's swimming coach Ray
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coach and one of (Michigan's) most suc-
cessful swimmers of all time."
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process of choosing his successor. Although
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Namesnik's wife Kirsten is a lecturer in
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MCRI
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or economic impact," Dingell said.
Another serious topic Dingell brought
up was job outsourcing.
At the meeting, residents with manu-
facturing jobs expressed great concern
over increased job losses.
Dingell said that no matter what,
businesses will continue to maximize
profits by cutting labor costs.
But even though the behavior of com-
panies might be hard to control, he said
the government can address the prob-
lem by focusing on eliminating under-
valued currency markets and the rapidly
increasing trade imbalance with East
Asian economic powers such as China.
Dingell expressed concern with Chi-
nese market manipulation and its power
to inflate the prices of U.S. goods in
Asia by almost 10 percent.
He said he would continue to aggres-
sively support and introduce legislation
that allows the federal government to
impose tariffs on all Chinese goods
until the United States is given fair and
open access to the East Asian markets.
Residents also expressed concern
over the current budget deficit and alleg-
edly outrageous government spending.

expenditures and international aid pack-
ages.
Dingell said that the United States has
slipped from a $2 billion budget surplus
in 2000 to more than an $8 billion bud-
get deficit in 2005.
Aside from easing residents' concerns
about the state and national economic
situation, Dingell also spoke about
Social Security reform and the renewal
of the Patriot Act.
"I think that Bush's plan for social
security reform is a huge mistake and
will endanger the current trust fund,"
he said. "I believe that the trust fund is
actually in much better shape than peo-
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to pay full benefits until 2050."
One constituent brought up the highly
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