Ballot Proposals on Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Challenged

Two proposals set to be on the Michigan ballot this November are being challenged.

First, the group “Michigan Opportunity” is making two challenges to a proposal that would raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $12 an hour, and also give tipped employees the right to a full minimum wage.

One claim says the proposal did not get enough signatures to be on the ballot, arguing many of them are invalid.

The group also claims the proposal isn’t clear on which parts of the state law it would amend.

A lawyer for the minimum wage group calls the legal challenge meritless.

The group “Small Business for a Better Michigan” is challenging a proposal that would guarantee Michigan workers get at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work.

They say some of the signatures are invalid, and claim backers of the proposal bought people’s signatures to get it on the ballot.

Organizers for both proposals say the signature complaints are ploys by special interests to block reforms they say would help Michigan workers.