For Immediate Release
December 4, 2018
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan House’s action tonight to undercut petition-driven proposals to raise the minimum wage and make paid sick time available to all workers. It can be attributed to League President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“Today’s action by the House to gut efforts to increase the minimum wage and secure earned sick time for all workers is extremely disappointing. With the passage of these bills, legislative Republicans in both chambers have ignored their colleagues from across the aisle, the protesters in the Capitol, countless organizations and advocacy groups like ours, almost 800,000 signatures of voters who worked to put this on the ballot and the nearly 8 million voters who never got to have their say on it.
“This is not only wrong in principle but in policy as well. The legislation passed today maintains an inequitable tipped wage, increases the minimum wage at a slower rate and does not tie it to inflation, meaning it will stagnate and fail to serve its literal, intended purpose almost immediately. As for the changes to sick leave, while the petition-driven proposal would have provided paid sick leave for all Michigan workers, today’s bill immediately disenfranchises 1 million workers who are employed by businesses with fewer than 50 workers. The legislation also means it will take longer for workers to accrue paid sick time, and slashes the amount of sick time they are able to earn.”
League senior policy analyst Peter Ruark testified in the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee this morning and submitted written testimony opposing the Senate bills to tamper with the minimum wage and paid sick leave proposals.
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.