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Attorney General Refuses To Take Sides In MI Minimum Wage Battle

Supreme Court may decide if it stands.

April 25, 2019 - 3:51 pm
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(WWJ) Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will let the State Supreme Court decide whether Michigan's new minimum wage and paid leave law are legal.

Nessel, a Democrat, said Thursday that she declined a request from state Sen. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, to issue an opinion on whether Republican changes to the laws were constitutional.

Under the current law, signed in lame duck session by then-Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan’s minimum wage will reach $12 in 2030, counter to a citizen-led proposal that was set to go on the ballot in November that would raise it to that level in 2022.

Also, the legislation singed by the Republicans requires Michigan employers to offer 40 hours of sick leave, instead of the 72 hours proposed by ballot initiatives. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are currently exempt from offering any sick leave.

Per Bridge Magazine, by passing those watered-down proposals in September, lawmakers took the more worker-friendly possibilities off the November ballot where the public would have made the decision.

Essentially, Nessel is saying she won't weigh in on whether it was a legal thing to do while it faces the possibility of a Supreme Court decision.

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case beginning July 17. AG spokesperson Kelly Rossman-McKinney says Nessel has been asked to submit arguments on both sides before the State Supreme Court.

 

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