For Immediate Release
September 5, 2018
Senate passage of minimum wage, earned paid leave disingenuous disenfranchisement
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan Senate’s adoption of two ballot proposals to increase the minimum wage and enact earned paid leave for all workers. This statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“Passage of an increase to the minimum wage and earned paid leave for all workers should be something to celebrate, as we and our partners have worked hard for years to see this day. But sadly, this legislative action was not based on the merits of these public policies or the thousands and thousands of workers who will benefit from them. From the mouths of the Senate Republicans themselves, this move is part of a plan to adopt the proposals—keeping them off the ballot in November—and then amend them later to change their intent and impact.
“It’s ironic that elected officials whose livelihoods depend on our democratic process would willfully strip power from the voters on these important issues. The fact that they’re not even pretending to do it for the good of the people they serve only adds insult to injury. We will be watching these bills and our lawmakers closely come Lame Duck, and will push for a gubernatorial veto of any efforts to water these policies down.”
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.