MICHIGAN — The state's minimum hourly wage increased from $7.40 to $8.15 Monday.
The increase is part of legislation passed by state lawmakers in May that will raise the minimum wage to $9.25 by Jan. 1, 2018.
Under the same legislation, the minimum wage for tipped workers increases to $3.10 an hour from $2.65 an hour.
The next wage increase is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2016 when the minimum wage will increase to $8.50 an hour.
This wage increase comes at a time when the Michigan United Way says about 40 percent of Michigan households don't make enough money to make ends meet to pay for basic needs like housing, food and child care, according to a recent report.