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Supporters fighting plans to change minimum wage and paid sick leave laws

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Watering down laws on minimum wage and paid sick leave remain at the top of the Republican agenda as state lawmakers return to work next week for their lame duck session.

Legislators passed the two measures in September to avoid letting Michigan voters decide at the polls. By doing so, state lawmakers have more power to alter the laws.

Danielle Atkinson is part of the campaign that tried to put paid employee sick leave on the November ballot. She says Republican lawmakers are not listening to them.

“They are only listening to the people that have the opportunity to vote for them or not vote for them,” says Atkinson, “So, we’re asking people who live in the district of a representative who have said they want to change this, to call them, message them, knock on their doors.”

Business groups support the proposed changes to water down the minimum wage and paid sick leave laws.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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