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Senate expected to vote today to circumvent giving people a say

by: Eric B.

Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:07:45 AM EDT


(Update! ... This is happening right now! - promoted by Eric B.)

Media people is a-Tweeting that the Senate is expected to vote today on Randy Richardville's bill to prevent voters from having a voice on the minimum wage. That's the one that would raise the minimum wage to $8.15 an hour, a rate that would benefit the least number of people of any minimum wage proposal but benefit the highest earners the most. It also, it goes without saying, drips of contempt for the democratic process.

Update! ... According to teh Twitters, the new proposal is to hike the minimum wage to north of $9 an hour and index it to the consumer price index. That's better than the shit sandwich they were getting ready to feed Michigan. It's also something Mark Schauer said last year was what we should do, and it's also a reversal for legislative Republicans, who said they weren't going to take up the minimum wage at all. It still wouldn't be as productive as raising the minimum wage to $10,10, but it's better than what they were going to do.

Update2! ... From Gongwer.

The Senate in a surprising move passed a more generous minimum wage increase bill today than initially expected although it still would make the ballot proposal providing for a broader wage increase moot.

The bill (SB 934, passed 24-14) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) would repeal the current minimum wage law and replace it with a new hourly wage that gradually increases to $9.20 an hour. That was a change from the introduced version that would have increased the minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $8.15.

Since the bill repeals the current minimum wage law, it would make moot the ballot proposal collecting signatures for a broader minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour that brings tipped workers up to that level. The dramatic change for tipped workers prompted critics – including Mr. Richardville – to say it would cripple the restaurant industry.

The idea that raising wages for tipped employees would cripple the restaurant industry is a bit much to swallow, frankly.

Update3! ...  Just for the record, guys, if you're the sort of person who sees this as a tremendous blow to Democratic odds this year, then you are the problem. Stop being cheap and start doing more work on GOTV efforts than putting shit on the ballot. It never works, and always leads to post-election hand wringing about what to do different the next time. The thing to do different is to stop putting questions on the ballot with the idea that this is going to drive Democratic voter turnout. It never works. Quit being stupid.

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I'll take half a loaf (4.00 / 2)
And as you noted, this is a more generous half a loaf than was originally offered.  Besides, it shows that pressure works, even if not as effectively as we might like.

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

Wow (4.00 / 5)
It kind of feels like not-Governor Mark Schauer is better at getting meaningful compromises passed in a hostile legislature than actual-Governor Rick Snyder is at getting his agenda passed in a friendly legislature.

It also seems to box Bolger and House Republicans into an awkward situation. Pass the Senate's minimum wage increase, and, well, you raise the minimum wage and actually help people. Don't pass it, and the ballot initiative pushes forward anyway, plus all of your members just voted against a bipartisan compromise that helps people.


The alternative... (0.00 / 0)
The House passes the original pissant minimum wage increase, and then in committee the Senate caves and they still get credit for raising the minimum wage.

Among the Trees

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Interesting Vote (0.00 / 0)
I'd be interested to see if the original minimum wage increase would pass at all. It would be a little risky for Democrats, but if they all come out against in because they want the Senate bill passed, you know there will be a handful of Republicans who won't vote for any min. wage increase.  

If Democrats don't cave in because a possible bullet point could be used against them, they could put real pressure on the House Repubs. to either pass the Senate version or let the ballot initiative make it on the ballot.  


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One interesting vote was Sen. Pat Colbeck's NO (4.00 / 1)
Apparently Pat didn't get the memo -- or ignored it -- and voted against the Senate bill based on his ideological opposition to even having a minimum wage at all.

The Dian Slavens campaign is already looking into how to best exploit Colbeck's vote (to go with his votes against road funding, public education funding and all the rest).

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison


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So did Geoff Hansen (nt) (0.00 / 0)


Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Hoadley, Moss Victories Prove LGBT Democrats Can Win Everywhere

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I keep saying it and events keep proving me right (4.00 / 1)
This Legislature neither respects nor fears Gov. Rick Snyder. They simply use him.

He is the very embodiment of what Grover Norquist famously said of Willard "Mitt" Romney in August 2012:

We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a [governor] to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go....

We just need a [governor] to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the [Michigan] House and the [Michigan] Senate. ...

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen ... This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the [governor] signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.



"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison


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"Cripple the restaurant industry?" Yeah, right. (4.00 / 2)
Does any really believe that every Applebee's in the state will close because the chain has to pay its servers an extra two bucks an hour? Or if decides to pass along the cost by charging an extra 50 cents for an appetizer sampler?

Democrats ought to drop the yellow bullshit flag on this argument.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.


Schostak in the Restaurant Business (4.00 / 3)
With condolences to the Republican Chairman on the passing of his father this past week, let it be noted that the family of the State Republican Chairman owns over 125 restaurants in the State of Michigan

http://teamschostak.com/


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Including 65 Applebees! (4.00 / 1)


A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

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