minimum wage http://michiganradio.org en State board rejects petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-rejects-petition-raise-michigans-minimum-wage-1010-hour <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in a 3 to 1 vote.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Board of State Canvassers says the campaign failed to collect enough valid signatures to move forward.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">John </span>Pirich<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is with the group opposing the minimum wage proposal. He praised the board for throwing out dozens of duplicate signatures.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I’m 100% confident that what we’ve shown them in terms of duplication will be confirmed by any review of any of them.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Groups that support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could challenge the decision in court. They say the elections board went out of its way to throw out petition signatures.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">*This post has been updated.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:46:20 +0000 Jake Neher 18507 at http://michiganradio.org State board rejects petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour The fight to increase Michigan's minimum wage is not over http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-increase-michigans-minimum-wage-not-over <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Snyder signed a new minimum wage law in May that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 an hour by 2018.</span></p><p>But the fight is not over.</p><p>Raise Michigan, a group of unions, nonprofits and liberal advocacy groups, wants to put forth a ballot initiative that will ask voters to amend the law and raise minimum wage eventually to $10.10 an hour.</p><p>Chris Gautz is the Capitol Correspondent for Crain’s Detroit Business. He joined Cynthia on Stateside today to talk about the group’s plans to meet at the Capitol this Thursday with the Board of State Canvassers.</p><p>Read his article in Crain’s Detroit Business <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140720/NEWS/307209964/next-battle-in-minimum-wage-fight-looms-in-lansing">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview with Chris Gautz above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 18486 at http://michiganradio.org The fight to increase Michigan's minimum wage is not over Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections http://michiganradio.org/post/activist-groups-complain-michigan-legislature-circumvents-petition-drives-elections <p>A coalition of activist groups is trying to make an issue of the Legislature passing laws to bypass petition drives and ballot measures.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The groups say Republicans at the state Capitol have circumvented voters on questions including the emergency manager law, the minimum wage, and wolf hunting. In each of those cases, the Legislature passed laws that ran contrary to the results of an election or a petition drive.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Danielle Atkinson is with the campaign to increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. She says the Legislature acted legally, but violated the spirit of the Michigan Constitution’s power to use the ballot to initiate or challenge laws.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This is not what the drafters of the state constitution intended when they gave people the right to petition their government.”</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 18309 at http://michiganradio.org Activist groups complain that Michigan Legislature circumvents petition drives, elections Campaign to raise minimum wage to $10.10/hour turns in petition signatures http://michiganradio.org/post/campaign-raise-minimum-wage-1010hour-turns-petition-signatures <p>Activists from the Raise Michigan coalition have turned in petition signatures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10&nbsp;an hour by 2017.</p><p>That’s despite a new minimum wage law signed by Governor Rick Snyder just one day earlier.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:37:27 +0000 jake neher 17784 at http://michiganradio.org Campaign to raise minimum wage to $10.10/hour turns in petition signatures Here's what it's like to live off tips in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/heres-what-its-live-tips-michigan <p>Denise Gleich is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry in Michigan.</p><p>She's raised three daughters on the wages and tips she earned, but says the industry has changed and she wants out.&nbsp;</p><p>Tipped workers will make 60% less than minimum wage <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/living-tips-and-not-minimum-wage">under legislation Governor Snyder signed into law</a> on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://shriverreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/20140325-minimum-wage-and-women-report-FINAL.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">majority of tipped workers are women</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">I took the State of Opportunity story booth to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/women-and-economic-security-changing-policy-and-practice-conference-sheryl-wudunn-keynote" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">recent gathering of women talking about economic security</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Gleich was the first woman to walk into that room.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Read and listen to her story <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/living-tips-and-not-minimum-wage">here</a>.</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:34:19 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 17776 at http://michiganradio.org Here's what it's like to live off tips in Michigan Republicans seized the political winds and raised the minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/republicans-seized-political-winds-and-raised-minimum-wage <p>My guess is that Dave Woodward and his fellow Democrats are a mix of frustrated, defiant, and happy today, in about that order.</p><p>Here’s why.</p><p>We’re talking about the minimum-wage deal, in which both houses of the Legislature and the governor yesterday enacted and signed a minimum-wage bill with what, in political terms, was the speed of light.</p><p>Yes, the same gang that hasn’t been able to get any new road funding in three years passed a minimum-wage bill in less than a day.</p><p></p><p>Woodward, a former chair of the Oakland County Democrats, has spent the last few months knocking himself out as head of Raise Michigan, the group collecting signatures to get a minimum-wage hike on the ballot.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:16:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17775 at http://michiganradio.org Republicans seized the political winds and raised the minimum wage This week in Michigan politics: Minimum wage and Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-minimum-wage-and-mackinac <p>In this <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the passage of a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-approves-815-michigan-minimum-wage">new minimum-wage </a><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-approves-815-michigan-minimum-wage">bil</a>l and the Mackinac Policy Conference.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:15:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17773 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Minimum wage and Mackinac Legislature approves $8.15 Michigan minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-approves-815-michigan-minimum-wage <p>Michigan workers making the minimum wage will get a raise in September.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder quickly signed the legislation tonight, before organizers of a petition campaign to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour submit signatures Wednesday.</p><p>The new law boosts&nbsp;the state’s minimum wage to $8.15 an hour this year. It will gradually increase the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018. After that, it will rise with inflation.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 00:12:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 17772 at http://michiganradio.org Legislature approves $8.15 Michigan minimum wage Michigan House looks to fast-track minimum wage hike http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-looks-fast-track-minimum-wage-hike <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">We know that last week the state Senate gave speedy approval to a minimum wage measure.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Now the House is giving a fast-track to its own version, and both are designed to kill off a citizen petition drive to put the question of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour on the November ballot.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Why is the House acting on this issue so quickly?</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">And what do Michigan voters think about raising the minimum wage?</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kathleen Gray, a political reporter for the Detroit Free Press, joined us from the State Capitol.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">*Listen to the story above.</em></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:41:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 17767 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House looks to fast-track minimum wage hike Republican wants to make sure state minimum wage doesn’t get tied to inflation http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-wants-make-sure-state-minimum-wage-doesn-t-get-tied-inflation <p>A bill to boost Michigan’s minimum wage would not be tied to inflation if a state House committee chair gets his way.</p><p></p><p>The legislation would gradually boost the wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour over three years. After 2017, it would index the minimum wage to inflation.</p><p></p><p>That last provision is something House Government Operations Committee Chair Pete Lund doesn’t want.</p><p></p><p>“I’ve never been a fan of that,” said Lund, R-Shelby Township. “And I don’t think that’s good economics. I don’t think that’s good for job creation in the long run.”</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Jake Neher 17729 at http://michiganradio.org Republican wants to make sure state minimum wage doesn’t get tied to inflation The week in Michigan politics: Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-detroit-bankruptcy-and-minimum-wage <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the latest in the Detroit bankruptcy including:</p><ul><li>An <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/committee-vote-expected-detroit-aid-agreement">expected vote</a> today in the state legislature on the $195 million bailout for Detroit</li><li>New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Richard Ravitch said yesterday in his testimony on Detroit’s bankruptcy that the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/committee-vote-expected-detroit-aid-agreement">“whole country is watching.”</a></li><li>The Koch brothers are buying attack ads targeting lawmakers who plan to help Detroit through bankruptcy</li><li>JP Morgan Chase is expected to announce it’s investing $100 million in Detroit.</li></ul><p>Lessenberry also gave an update on the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-boosting-minimum-wage-920-hour-get-hearing-state-house">minimum wage debate</a> in the state legislature.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:26:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Christina Shockley 17686 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage Bill boosting minimum wage to $9.20 an hour to get hearing in state House http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-boosting-minimum-wage-920-hour-get-hearing-state-house <p>The debate over raising Michigan’s minimum wage moves to the state House Wednesday.</p><p></p><p>A legislative panel will hear testimony on a bill that cleared the state Senate last week. <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(pvs2jx451oirtj55t3f2h055))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2014-SB-0934">Senate Bill 934</a> would gradually increase the wage from $7.40 an hour to $9.20 an hour. After 2017, the minimum wage would rise with inflation.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:48:53 +0000 Jake Neher 17684 at http://michiganradio.org Bill boosting minimum wage to $9.20 an hour to get hearing in state House Minimum-wage war could backfire on Michigan GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/minimum-wage-war-could-backfire-michigan-gop <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s a three-part prediction for you: &nbsp;First, the minimum wage bill passed by the Michigan Senate will never become law – not in anything like the way it looks now. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Second, there will be a minimum wage proposal on the ballot, though no one can say if it will pass and what happens if it does.</span></p><p>And finally, what looked like a triumph for the Republicans a few days ago could well backfire – and end up driving angry Democratic voters to the polls.</p><p>Here’s what’s going on. As you probably know, a group called Raise Michigan has been collecting signatures to put a proposal on the ballot that would gradually raise the minimum wage from the current $7.40 an hour to $10.10.</p><p>So far as I can tell, it looks like they will have more than enough. Business interests don’t like this, of course; they never like being told they have to pay their workers more money. And what they really don’t like is that this bill would also gradually make the minimum wage for tipped workers, like restaurant servers, equal with everyone else.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 15:24:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17667 at http://michiganradio.org Minimum-wage war could backfire on Michigan GOP Stateside for Monday, May 19, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-may-19-2014 <p></p><p>Today marks the 1,000th day that Amir Hekmati has been in an Iranian prison. U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Flint, joined us to discuss what is being done to free the Michigan Marine.&nbsp;</p><p>And it's morel hunting season in Michigan. A top morel hunter and chef joined us on the program today.</p><p>Next, the BBC's Justin Webb went for a test drive in one of Google's driverless cars.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, the Republican's minimum-wage bill cleared the state Senate last week, and could demolish Raise Michigan's petition drive that would set minimum wage even higher.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:30:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 17655 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, May 19, 2014 State bill could kill Raise Michigan's petition drive http://michiganradio.org/post/state-bill-could-kill-raise-michigans-petition-drive <p></p><p>A bill to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour by 2017 is now on its way to the state House. The bill would increase the minimum wage for tipped workers from $2.65 to $3.50 an hour.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill cleared the Senate late last week by a vote of 24-14. It's an attempt by the Republicans to kill a petition drive that would raise the minimum wage even higher, to $10.10 an hour, even for tipped workers.&nbsp;</p><p>That petition drive is being led by the group Raise Michigan. Danielle Atkinson joined us.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:22:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17653 at http://michiganradio.org State bill could kill Raise Michigan's petition drive Gov. Snyder wants the state House to consider minimum wage legislation soon http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-wants-state-house-consider-minimum-wage-legislation-soon <p>Governor Snyder hopes the state House will turn its attention soon to a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage.</p><p></p><p>The Senate already approved a bill to increase Michigan’s minimum wage, in steps, to $9.20 an hour.</p><p></p><p>Snyder says it was good to see the bill pass in the Senate with bi-partisan support.</p><p></p><p>“I hope the House will take it up relatively soon. And make a serious review of it,” says Snyder.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say Michigan’s minimum wage has needed an increase for a long time.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 17:27:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 17654 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder wants the state House to consider minimum wage legislation soon Rumors of the demise of minimum wage petition drive are greatly exaggerated http://michiganradio.org/post/rumors-demise-minimum-wage-petition-drive-are-greatly-exaggerated <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So now that the Michigan Senate has approved a new, higher minimum wage, with bipartisan support (14 Rs, 10 Ds) no less, this is practically a done deal. Right?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Not so much.</span> <span id="docs-internal-guid-a850aade-0650-754c-0145-0e2550edd44f" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">headlines and stories that said it would “kill” the petition drive are speculative and premature.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This Senate bill is – at the bottom of it all – an effort to pull the rug out from under the ballot drive to raise the Michigan minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. It's a cause beloved by Democrats and progressives.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So why then did 10 out of 12 Senate Democrats go along with it? Particularly after some had already blasted the proposal as a gimmick and too paltry – especially for workers earning the lower tipped wage?</span> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:38:35 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17640 at http://michiganradio.org Rumors of the demise of minimum wage petition drive are greatly exaggerated Democrats get most of what they wanted on minimum wage; Republicans get the credit http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-get-most-what-they-wanted-minimum-wage-republicans-get-credit <p></p><p>There are several things to note about the astonishing developments yesterday in the battle over the minimum wage. Most importantly, it is important to remember that it ain’t over till it’s over.</p><p>The state Senate took everyone by surprise yesterday when Republicans agreed to gradually raise the minimum wage by nearly$2 an hour and partly index it to the inflation rate.</p><p>Barely a week ago, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville was adamantly claiming he wanted absolutely no rise in the present state minimum wage of $7.40 an hour.</p><p>Then, he introduced a bill that would have increased it to by 75 cents an hour, but one that contained a poison pill. His bill would have not only changed the rate, but would have repealed and replaced the old statute.</p><p>There’s a reason for that. There’s petition drive to change the old law and raise the minimum to $10.10 an hour.</p><p>Richardville reasoned this would short-circuit the petition drive. You can’t amend a law that doesn’t exist. But there were dangers for Republicans in that approach, too. It is pretty clear there is considerable sentiment for raising the minimum wage.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:06:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17634 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats get most of what they wanted on minimum wage; Republicans get the credit Detroit's 'grand bargain', minimum wage, and Conyers make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-grand-bargain-minimum-wage-and-conyers-make-political-headlines <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-visits-lansing-looking-some-help"> grand bargain</a> for the Detroit bankruptcy,<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-minimum-wage-bill-could-render-your-vote-null-and-void"> the debate over the minimum wage</a> and whether Detroit Congressman <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/conyers-primary-ballot">John Conyers </a>has a chance to continue his nearly 50 years in Congress.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:11:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17594 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's 'grand bargain', minimum wage, and Conyers make political headlines Supporters of raising minimum wage say they have enough signatures http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-raising-minimum-wage-say-they-have-enough-signatures <p></p><p>Leaders of the petition drive to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10&nbsp;an hour say a Republican attempt to derail their effort is nothing but a “dirty trick.” They also say it won’t stop them from turning in signatures to put their question in front of the Legislature, and, if necessary, voters.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:47:46 +0000 Jake Neher 17591 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters of raising minimum wage say they have enough signatures