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Commissioned poll suggests Michigan voters strongly support expanding overtime pay

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In a statewide poll Michigan voters overwhelmingly support expanding overtime pay. 

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters asking this question: There is a proposal under consideration for either Michigan’s Legislature or Michigan’s next governor that would guarantee time-and-a-half overtime pay for salaried workers who earn up to $47,000 per year when they work more than 40 hours per week. 275,000 Michigan residents would be guaranteed overtime pay if this proposal was adopted. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?

Seventy-five percent favor this proposal with 18 percent opposed. By party those in favor votes break 85 percent Democrat, 67 percent Republican and 65 percent Independent along with 65 percent of Tea Party members in support.

In its news release, Epic-MRA explains that, “Under the current federal standard, which hasn’t been updated since 2004, workers making just $23,660 annually can lose the right to overtime pay.”

The survey was commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange and the National Employment Law Project Action Fund.

The Epic-MRA poll has a 4% +/- margin for error.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.