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Petition To Raise Minimum Wage Likely To Make Ballot

One petition seeks to bump minimum wage to $10.

May 07, 2018 - 4:59 pm
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LANSING (WWJ) -- Three petition drives -- including one that could boost the state's minimum wage -- are close to gaining enough signatures to appear on ballots in November elections.

The three pro-labor pro-labor statewide petition drives are entering the final stage of gathering signatures. An inside source told WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick all three drives will collect enough names to get on the November ballot. They are expected to be sent to the state board of canvassers within the next two weeks.

One petition aims to raise minimum wage from $8.90 to $10, and the source said he fully expects it to make it to the ballots this fall, where it would be opposed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

A second petition drive the chamber of commerce would reportedly oppose is called "Michigan Time to Care," which would allow employees to bank up to 72 hours -- or nine work days -- of sick time leave to attend to family emergencies.

A third petition drive -- "Promote the Vote" -- seeks to change the way Michigan residents register to vote and would allow, for the first time, absentee voting with no reason for up to 40 days before an election. 

If they gather enough signatures and the board of canvassers certifies that they did, then voters will see all three measures on the ballot in November.