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Nessel pushes ruling on Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to high court

April 25, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Attorney General Dana Nessel said she will not write an opinion on last-minute GOP changes to wage and sick leave laws passed in December. Instead, she deferred to the state Supreme Court on whether the changes were constitutional.  

Michigan minimum wage, paid sick leave case to get Supreme Court review

April 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The state’s high court will hear arguments in July on whether the Legislature followed the rules when it watered down the impact of citizen-drafted legislation to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. But the court stopped short of saying it will issue an opinion.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws to start Friday under legal cloud

March 26, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state Supreme Court may yet weigh in on whether the Legislature violated the Michigan constitution in passing, then gutting, these laws during lame duck. The controversy may end in court.

Michigan GOP asks high court to rule on sick leave, minimum wage changes

February 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Bad blood still remains after the GOP-controlled Legislature adopted citizen initiatives only to gut them later. Now, they want the Supreme Court to rule on whether lawmakers have that power.  

GOP lawmakers want Michigan Supreme Court to rule on minimum wage, sick leave

February 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A request from the Republican-majority Legislature would sidestep the traditional litigation process, and do an end-run around Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Attorney General Dana Nessel may review Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

February 13, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said she may review Michigan lame-duck laws that gutted citizen proposals to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave. Her stance could produce a high-impact legal showdown with Republicans. 

Snyder signs bills that weaken Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

December 14, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The term-limited Republican governor said he agreed with the GOP Legislature that the original laws passed earlier this year would harm economic progress in Michigan. Advocates for workers vowed a lawsuit.

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The House may vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on bills that would largely gut citizen-pushed laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t said if he will sign.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave bills dismantled. Will Gov. Snyder sign?

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The bills passed Tuesday in the House gut laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. One prominent lawmaker says governor has promised to sign the bills.

Michigan Senate scales back minimum wage, sick leave laws in ‘dark of night’

November 28, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan senators approved major changes to two citizen-backed laws that would increase worker pay and benefits, hours after presenting the changes to the public. Critics say the move leaves the public in the dark.

Michigan Republicans aim to soften minimum wage, sick leave in lame duck

November 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Changes are likely to the citizen-initiated laws the Republican Legislature passed in September. Proponents of the changes say they’re critical to protect small business. Opponents say they violate the will of the people.

Servers want $12 an hour. This restaurant owner says he can't afford it.

October 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new Michigan law would require restaurant servers to earn at least $12 an hour before tips by 2024 — if Michigan legislators don’t change it first.

Bridge Magazine guide to the 2018 Michigan ballot proposals

September 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Three statewide Michigan ballot proposals will appear in November, ranging from legalizing recreational marijuana to voting and redistricting reform. Bridge offers a quickie guide to their pros and cons, and who is funding them.

Michigan Legislature passes minimum wage, paid sick leave bills to avert ballot

September 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican-led legislature could be in for a legal fight if they try to blunt or kill these measures after the November election. Democrats accuse GOP of foiling the will of voters by keeping measures off ballot.  

Minimum wage hike on November ballot, pending Michigan Supreme Court appeal

August 24, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Board of State Canvassers on Friday voted to certify the proposal, following a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling this week ordering that a citizen petition to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 appear on the November ballot.

Michigan appeals court orders minimum wage proposal put on November ballot

August 22, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Opponents of the Michigan minimum wage bill, including the hospitality industry, may appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Michigan voters to decide paid sick leave issue in fall. Minimum wage effort stalled.

July 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

State canvassers on Friday voted to certify a ballot proposal for November to require employers to offer paid sick leave, but deadlocked on another to raise the minimum wage.

Ballot efforts to raise minimum wage, add paid sick leave beat state deadline

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Backers of the measures submitted statewide signatures gathered and now must wait to see if their signatures are approved to appear on the November ballot

Optimism grows that Michigan voters will decide pot, redistricting questions

April 19, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

As deadlines near, the road appears bumpier for a host of other proposals, from creating a part-time Legislature to shutting down an aging oil pipeline. Bridge updates all the state ballot measures.

Which 2018 Michigan ballot issues are going strong. Or going down.

November 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Petition drives to stop gerrymandering or end prevailing wage laws are going strong. Others, like an effort to allow pot even for minors, not so much. A quickie guide to 8 potential ballot issues.