Here’s a three-part prediction for you: First, the minimum wage bill passed by the Michigan Senate will never become law – not in anything like the way it looks now.
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.
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.
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.
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.