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Senate Republicans introduce minimum wage bill that helps the least number of people possible

by: Eric B.

Thu May 08, 2014 at 18:09:19 PM EDT

At some point, Democrats need to make a campaign issue out of the sheer number of things that one-party rule in Lansing has forbidden the people of Michigan from voting on ... or at least tried to prevent them. There's the wolf nonsense, which is really galling because there's absolutely no reason for it but pure dickishness, and now there might be the minimum wage. From Gongwer.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage to $8. 15 an hour by September 1, 2014, but do so in a way that could negate a ballot proposal seeking a much bigger increase.

“The majority leader is introducing it to open up the discussion about minimum wage,” said Amber McCann, Mr. Richardville’s (R-Monroe) spokesperson. “He understands that the people in Michigan want to talk about this issue and so he wants to begin the discussion and see where we go from that point. Whether or not we’d like to get any additional pieces to his legislation is yet to be determined.”

But the bill, which would repeal the current minimum wage law, PA 154 of 1964, and enact a new one, leaves to question what that would do for the current ballot proposal finding signatures to raise the minimum wage. That proposal would gradually increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, index it to inflation and bring tipped workers up to that wage from their current $2.65 per hour pay.

The ballot proposal would amend the existing minimum wage law, PA 154 of 1964. So if the Legislature passedMr. Richardville’s bill, SB 934, and Governor Rick Snyder signed it, the proposal would attempt to amend a law that no longer exists and that could put the proposal from Raise Michigan into serious legal jeopardy.

Keep in mind that the same CBO report that everyone opposd to hiking the minimum wage uses says that the higher you hike the minimum wage the more people it helps and the more money it generates for every wage group except the highest earning family units. And since even a hike to $9 an hour might actually create jobs rather than cause them to go away, the loudest point pushed by the anti-wage people, there's really just no reason to not raise the minimum wage -- if you're going to do it -- to something less than $9.

This is on top of the fact that this would take away the right of the people of Michigan to vote on it.

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Abuse of power
Republicans must look to Russia's Putin as a model for how a democracy should run.  

Should've gone with an amendment instead of an initiative
Remember the 2006 proposal? That's the one that they stopped pushing after the Legislature passed the minimum wage raise. Unlike this year's proposal, which is a legislative initiative, the 2006 proposal would've amended the Constitution. (I still have a couple petition sheets that I was going to circulate that year.)

Seems like the defeat of the five constitutional amendments in 2012 might have scared people away from pushing something similar this year. Too bad, especially given that every Constitutional amendment on the ballot from 2004 through 2010 passed.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

Clearly, you're also a hoarder.
Holding onto 2006 petition sheets -- you're almost as bad as I am, with bumper stickers, campaign lit et cetera from past years and decades.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Oh, god.
This is straight-up rat-f%ckery.  I have to admit I did not see this coming.  If they can get this throuogh both the house and senate (should be easy in the latter, but I wouldn't not bet either way in the former), do they really think they can get away with what the media will do to them, afterwards?  Because there is no way in hell that this will be reported as waging the minimum wage; it'll be treated like a scandal, even by a usually lazy media.

I wonder if this nuclear optionn isn't a way to force the ballot initiative group to a compromise, or if they really think they could get away with this, politically?  This is insane.  

"There's the wolf nonsense"
Yesterday I ran into a pair of people circulating petitions for Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, the pro-hunting initiative.  They are running a bait-and-switch campaign.  They asked me if I wanted to sign a petition to protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp.  That's a secondary provision of the proposal.  I told them, "I know what that petition is really for, it's to keep the wolf hunt.  NO!"  Then I walked away.

Anyone reading who wants to keep wolves protected, be warned and don't sign this petition.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

Long-term implications of Republican anti-democracy moves
Subverting the Court of Claims, blocking Oakland County redistricting, wolf hunting, multiple appropriations attachments designed to thwart potential ballot measures...especially if the Democrats fail in 2014, there's only one real political move left to safe democracy in Michigan: amending the constitution to implement nonpartisan legislative redistricting.  

And that, folks, is the heaviest lift you can imagine since a significant number of elected officials in both political parties benefit from the status quo.  

To that list
I'd add to that list you have in the first paragraph their repeated attempts (and some successes) in the subversion of the Michigan Civil Service Commission what with trying to deny their ability to protect same-sex benefits and the whole debacle over Right to Mooch.

BTW, non-partisan redistricting should be a no-brainer for a constitutional amendment in this state.  I'm actually surprised this hasn't been in the works since 2010 after what happened.  And, heck, if not after 2010, this should have been in the works after 2012 when it was made absolutely clear the effects of what decades worth of tight gerrymanders can do in the face of a popular vote that went the Democrat's way.  Even in the congressional delegation, there should at least be two more House Democrats, even with self-packing.

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There is stuff going on
A number of individuals and organizations are working on redistricting reform but are steering clear of political party involvement.  

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