LANSING, Nov. 28, 2018: Republicans in the Michigan State Senate
are using Lame Duck to gut popular policies that raise
wages and provide critical benefits to working families and
Progress Michigan is calling them out for doing the bidding of
their corporate donors.
Republicans saw historic losses in November and now they’re
using their waning days of unfettered power to try and screw
working families out of hard-fought wage increases and earned
sick time protections.
lawmakers are working behind closed doors to push policies on
behalf of their corporate lobbying pals at the Michigan Chamber
of Commerce and Michigan Restaurant Association. The lobbyists
are the ones calling the shots during lame duck and it needs to
end. Today we saw the Senate wage a direct assault on policies
that help working families get better pay and live healthier
The Michigan Senate voted today to gut the minimum wage and
earned paid sick time laws that were passed in September, making
the policies shells of what they once were. The earned paid
sick time law would now only apply to employers with 50 or
more employees and many restrictions were added to make it more
difficult to take a sick day.
The minimum wage law was changed so much that the full
effect of it won’t be felt by workers for over a decade and
tipped workers will still be forced to work for a subminimum
wage under the proposed Senate changes.
have taken days off from session to go hunting, to work on their
campaigns, to hob-nob with lobbyists on Mackinac Island and just
last month voters gave many of them permanent vacations from
public office. They should use their final days in office
passing policies to help Michigan families.