MI GOP push for higher minimum wage has strings attached


By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Top Republican officials supported a higher minimum wage and tied it to inflation to get Democrats to support a measure to double the gas tax and secure Gov. Rick Snyder the extra money he wants for road funding, according to a widely accepted story out of Lansing.

The same story was being repeated in conversations at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference last week.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, introduced Senate Bill 934 because Michigan’s various business groups had decided they couldn’t risk the possibility that the minimum wage increase proposal would pass in November. Senate Bill 934 had to be passed by the Legislature and signed into law before May 28 — the date the minimum wage ballot proposal petitions were going to be handed in.

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