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Wherein I finish the sentence (sort of) of someone else

by: Eric B.

Wed May 28, 2014 at 08:11:31 AM EDT

David Holtz had a great post on Facebook this morning. Too great not to share, matter of fact. It sums up perfectly what happened yesterday on the minimum wage.

Republican lawmakers, who make a base pay of $71,685 a year, surrendered to public opinion, Democratic pressure and an imminent ballot initiative and were dragged yesterday along with Gov. Snyder into grudgingly passing a minimum wage increase that will put .75 cents more an hour into the pockets of low-wage workers beginning in September. They can now safely leave Lansing behind to rub shoulders, slap backs and share cocktails on Mackinac Island while taking public credit where none is due and muttering privately to CEOs: "We only did what we were forced to do."

The End.

"The End," was the only thing that was missing. Told him so, matter of fact. When you bottom line something like this, you need to wrap it up with "The End."

I will add that what they did was better than what they threatened to do but not as good as what they should have done. And, while it's great that they guaranteed COLA raises (sort of) for the working poor, they managed to permanently make sure that the minimum wage doesn't carry as much spending power as it did when first passed. It was watered down over the years and now that excellent work of neglect is etched in stone.

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To Be Continued...
It appears Raise Michigan is going to keep the pot boiling on the minimum wage. They reportedly will file their petitions tomorrow and prepare to go to court to challenge the Republicans on the ballot nullification issue.  

Either directly or indirectly
They deserve credit for getting Michigan's minimum wage substantially increased and helping thousands of families -- either by directly getting it to the voters or indirectly by forcing the frightened party in power to staunch the bleeding from their impending proposal.

As someone with family members (and neighbors, no doubt) who will be directly impacted, I give my thanks to Raise Michigan.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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In Praise of the Raise (Michigan)
Raise Michigan as a campaign was plagued with problems from the get-go, but today let's praise not just the raise but Raise Michigan. Yesterday, when they should have owned the minimum wage victory on behalf of workers, they were too grumpy over Republican ballot nullification shenanigans to focus on a winning message while Democrats were more than eager to fill the void. Too bad.  

Yes, Raise Michigan's $10.10 an hour proposal and no ballot shenanigans might arguably been best, but only assuming they could have raised enough money to beat back a furious assault from the restaurant association. But $9.25 an hour and an inflation component is not nothing. It would not have happened--not even close--except for Raise Michigan collecting the signatures and having the courage to move through its mistakes to what is a likely ballot certification after tomorrow's filing. They did this with grit and against the odds and they did it mostly alone, without all the usual big Democratic party players that would normally comprise a campaign like this. Democratic lawmakers merely took good advantage of the weapon Raise Michigan handed them and we are all the better for it. They earned our thanks. Yesterday's raise is a certainty. The Raise Michigan proposal was not.  

I wouldn't necessarily hire Raise Michigan to run my campaign. But with a little more training, I might want them in a foxhole with me if I was under enemy fire.

[ Parent ]
Actually, since it will only be $9.25 by then, what would be wrong with going for another petition drive that year?

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

A ".75 cent an hour" minimum wage increase is really, really puny
I'll spare all of you my rant about how people have forgotten to write sums of money. I've even seen articles in the New York Times which had both a dollar sign and the amount, as in "$3 million dollars."

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

On a similar note
When I was in drivers ed, someone said something about having a BAC of .8 - not .08, mind you, but .8 - and the instructor took that and ran (drove?) with it.

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

[ Parent ]
.8 is twice the legal limit for Driving While Dead

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

[ Parent ]
Blame Facebook
Also the death of editing.

Among the Trees

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