State lawmakers ignore electorate

Recently there were two initiatives brought successfully by voter petition drives in Michigan. Bills 1171 and 1175 increased the minimum wage from $9.25 to $12 an hour by the year 2022 and mandated paid sick time for employees. Our legislature gutted both of these bills, ruling the minimum wage won’t increase until 2030 and changed the formula for paid sick time from a maximum of 72 hours per year to 30 hours per year.

These changes are contrary to Michigan voters’ successful petition drive. In addition, bill 6553 recently passed that restricts the authority of the Attorney General and the governor.

It is shameful that our legislators vote to foster the good of their parties instead of the will of their electorate.