About this audio file: On March 10, 2006, Christopher F. Bachelder, communications director for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, was interviewed on the air by WWJ Newsradio reporter Marie Osborne. During the interview, Bachelder discussed efforts to raise the minimum wage in Michigan. The Legislature this week passed a bill that will raise the minimum wage by $1.80 on Oct. 1. Gov. Jennifer Granholm is expected to sign the measure. There is also an ongoing petition drive to establish an annual minimum wage increase through a November ballot initiative. In his interview, Bachelder debunked claims that minimum wage increases lift workers out of poverty and pointed out that the end result may be fewer opportunities for low-skilled workers. The clip is three minutes and 40 seconds long.

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