A big labor front group and other union affiliated organizations are getting ready to collect signatures to put an increase in the state minimum wage on the November ballot. The groups, calling themselves “Raise Michigan” are seeking to move the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017. The proposal they are pushing would also eliminate the “tip credit” for restaurant and food service workers and index the higher wage to inflation.
The minimum wage coalition is using the initiative petition route to get the proposal on the ballot rather than pursue a constitutional amendment that would require a higher signature threshold. Under the initiative approach, the group would have to collect 258,088 signatures from registered Michigan voters by May 28. The Legislature would then have 40 days to approve the proposal. If it takes no action or votes the measure down, it will appear on the November 4th general election ballot.
NFIB has a long standing member position opposing any increase in the minimum wage at both the state and federal level. Common sense economics proves time and time again that increasing the minimum wage hurts those that it is intended to help with fewer job opportunities and a higher cost of living.
NFIB will be fighting against this state ballot proposal as well as efforts being pushed by the Obama administration to hike the minimum wage at the federal level.