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Michigan legislature guts minimum wage, paid sick leave measures

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Michigan legislature changes minimum wage and paid sick leaveMichigan legislators late Tuesday approved controversial amendments to laws passed earlier this year that would increase the minimum wage and allow workers to take paid sick leave, angering proponents who believed they had scored significant legislative wins earlier this year.
Supporters of both a higher minimum wage and paid sick leave had gathered enough signatures to get both measures on the midterm election ballot. But they dropped those initiatives after the legislature passed the underlying language first.
Now, a month after the midterms, Republicans who control Michigan’s legislature made significant changes to both measures.
The state’s minimum wage will still increase to $12 an hour, but the legislature extended the timeline under which that increase will take effect. Instead of hitting $12 an hour by 2022, the minimum wage will gradually increase to hit that ceiling by 2030.

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