Michigan legislature late Tuesday approved controversial amendments to laws adopted earlier this year that would increase the minimum wage and…
Michigan legislature late Tuesday approved controversial amendments to laws adopted earlier this year that would increase the minimum wage and allow workers to pay sick leave, anger advocates who thought they had made significant legislative gains earlier this year.
Supporters of both a higher minimum wage and a paid sick leave had gathered enough signatures to get both actions at mid-term. But they released these initiatives after the legislature had passed the underlying language first.
Now, a month after the middle, Republicans who control Michigan legislators made significant changes to both actions.
The state’s minimum wage is still rising to $ 1
2 per hour, but the legislature extended the timeline during which this increase will come into force. Instead of turning $ 12 an hour before 2022, the minimum wage will gradually increase to hit the ceiling 2030.
The original bill would have indexed the state’s minimum wage to inflation afterwards. The Republican supported changes no longer link the minimum wage to inflation.
Legislators also reduced the number of hours a worker at a large company could earn in paid sick leave.
The initial proposal, which received enough signatures to reach the vote, would have allowed workers to earn an hourly paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work, limited to 72 hours per year.
The new measure would allow workers to earn an hour’s sick time per 40 hours of work, limited to 36 hours per year.
Lawyer Bill Schuette (R) wrote in an advisory opinion earlier this week that legislators could make the changes constitutional and revise a half-hundredth opinion.
gov. Rick Snyder (R), who will leave the office next month after meeting the two-year limit, has not said if he will sign the bills.
But Major General Leader Arlan Meekhof (R) said Snyder told him that he would sign the law if they arrived at his desk.
Michigan Republicans will retain their significant majorities in both the state house and the Senate next year, but Snyder will be replaced by a Democrat, Gov.-elected Gretchen Whitmer. Democrats also won competitions for lawyer and state secretary.
The Lama Duck legislator is also considering measures to reduce the power of both the incoming lawyer and state secretary.
These actions are still in front of the state house and the senate and are likely to be voted later this week.