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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 03:05 PM

Hey Michiganders...on Monday Michigan Republicans voted to take dollars out of your pocket

Michigan Republicans Just Repealed a Minimum Wage Increase During a Lame-Duck Session


Late this summer, it seemed almost inevitable that Michigan would be one of a handful of states this election cycle to pass ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage and require paid sick leave. Both proposals received more than the required number of signatures to get on the ballot. But in early September, the state Legislature preempted the ballot measures and adopted the proposals. What would have seemed like a win for organizers quickly brought concern. Advocates feared that the Republican-controlled state Legislature had only made the decision so it could gut those new laws in the lame-duck session following the election.

And they were right. With just weeks before their majority dwindles in the stateís House and Senate and Michiganís Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is replaced by Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, the GOP-stacked Legislature is rushing to rewrite the laws it previously adopted. Less than a week after a set of weakened versions of the minimum wage and paid sick leave laws passed the Senate, the House passed them late Tuesday evening as protests from the gallery echoed through the chamber. The bills now just await Snyderís signature.

My question to Michiganders is what are you going to do about it?

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