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Today in the bubble that is Lansing

by: Eric B.

Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:35:40 AM EDT


If you wanted an example of why people hold our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect in such contempt, I give you today's example.

Depending on your political persuasion, it was either a stroke of genius or a disingenuous political maneuver to prevent a minimum wage increase from making it to the ballot.

But the man who figured out how to do it says it has more to do with the principle of the Legislature being empowered -- to legislate.

Bob LaBrant, senior counsel for the Lansing-based public policy firm Sterling Corp., came up with the idea to thwart the Raise Michigan ballot proposal, which would have increased the state's minimum wage for both regular and tipped employees to $10.10 an hour.

There are marketplace effects of raising the minimum wage, by the way, but the impact of those was secondary to the lawmaking crowd than the purely political ones. How many thousands benefit from raising the minimum wage and indexing it to the cost of living? Irrelevant next to how it'll affect the November elections.

Eric B. :: Today in the bubble that is Lansing
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