For Immediate Release
December 14, 2018
Bills to undercut minimum wage and sick leave efforts signed into law
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Governor Rick Snyder’s signature of bills last night to gut minimum wage and paid sick leave proposals. It can be attributed to President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“A literal cloud hangs over the Capitol today to match the figurative cloud of shame that Gov. Snyder brought on by signing these bills. As Gov. Snyder’s tenure comes to a close, his signature on this legislation cemented his legacy as anti-worker and anti-democracy, disregarding the hundreds of thousands of voters who wanted these policy improvements and the millions of Michiganders who needed them. This was one of his last chances to stand up to the Legislature and do what’s best for our state and our workers and families, not what’s best for special interests and his political party, but yet again he chose to follow instead of lead.”
“It will now be 12 years before Michigan workers will earn $12 an hour, and by not permanently tying a minimum wage increase to inflation, workers will continue to struggle down the road. The changes to the paid sick leave bill still significantly dilute the accrual time and maximum hours accrued per year from the proposal voters intended. And by only covering workers at businesses with more than 50 employees, the paid sick leave proposal went from ‘guaranteed paid sick leave for all workers’ to ‘guaranteed paid sick leave for 45 percent of workers,’ eliminating coverage for around one million workers. These changes gut the spirit and intent of the original ballot proposal and make the new legislation unacceptable.”
“This holiday season, the governor could have used his veto power to offer Michigan workers and their loved ones an opportunity to make a fair wage and recover from illness and care for sick children without losing their job, but he decided to serve them up a lump of coal instead.”
NOTE: The attached photo is available for use. Photo Credit: Alex Rossman, Michigan League for Public Policy.
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.