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Minimum Wage Maneuvering Might Eliminate Ballot Issue

Minimum Wage Maneuvering Might Eliminate Ballot Issue

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has introduced legislation to increase the state's minimum wage, but could also negate a ballot proposal seeking a bigger increase.

Richardville's bill would increase the minimum wage to $8.15 an hour by September 1, 2014. As written, his measure would repeal the current minimum wage law and enact a new one.

If the Republican Senate leader's bill is passed and signed by Governor Rick Snyder, it would put the ballot proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in serious legal jeopardy, as the proposal would attempt to amend a minimum wage law that would no longer exist.  Richardville's spokeswoman, Amber McCann, says the bill would, in fact, negate the ballot proposal.

She says, "The majority leader thinks they’ve done a lot in Michigan to put the economy in a good spot. We’re starting to turn the corner, we’re making progress, and he doesn’t want to see the proposal on the ballot do anything to derail that progress."

 

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