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President to sign executive order on minimum wage for federal employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Obama will sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal employees Wednesday.

Right now this is only for federal workers, but the president would like to see it extended to everyone.

The White House estimates a couple hundred thousand workers will be affected by the change. The order will extend the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federal contract workers.

President Obama has pledged to work with Congress on legislation to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from $7.25 to $10.10.

Here in Michigan groups are petitioning to raise our state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour.

A group called "The Raise Michigan" is working to get the issue on the November ballot.

They must turn in more than 258,000 valid signatures from Michigan voters by July 7th.

If the proposal passes in Michigan, the minimum wage would gradually increase over a two-year period.

Right now the minimum wage here in Michigan is $7.40 an hour.