Petition effort to boost Michigan minimum wage moves closer to collecting signatures
The initiative campaign to increase Michigan’s minimum wage took another step Tuesday toward putting a question on the 2022 ballot.
The Raise the Wage Michigan campaign filed with state elections officials a summary of its proposal that will appear on the petition form. The campaign will also file a copy of the petition form, but that will come later.
The initiative would raise the state minimum wage to $15 by 2027, says campaign attorney Mark Brewer.
“First and foremost, it’s to raise the minimum wage in Michigan for all workers to $15 an hour by 2027, and that will be done in one-dollar increments beginning in 2023,” he said.
It would also index the minimum wage to inflation.
“That’s been a real problem with the minimum wage – no inflationary increases over the years,” he said.
The initiative would also set the same minimum wage for tipped and untipped workers.
Republicans in the Legislature circumvented a similar effort in 2018 by adopting a similar petition initiative instead of letting it go to the ballot and then amending it with a more modest minimum wage increase.