Rep. Lasinski Slams Gutting of Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Laws:

LANSING — Today, Governor Snyder signed into law two Republican proposals to gut citizen-initiated laws to improve economic security for working families. Over the objections of Democrats and activists, the Legislature voted to gut the minimum wage increase and guaranteed paid sick leave proposals last week during lame duck. Senate Bills 1171 and 1175, signed into law today, dramatically reduce the strong wage and sick leave benefits that Michigan voters voiced their support for through the ballot initiative process. In response to today’s bill signing, state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) issued the following statement:

“When the people in my community signed on to these initiatives, they expected to get stronger paychecks and better benefits, not to have the rug pulled out from under them. By signing these bills, which set back wages and benefits to even lower levels, the governor sent every Michigander the message that their choices and their voice do not matter, and that is unacceptable. I will continue fighting to guarantee every family has the freedom to earn the strong paychecks and benefits they deserve.”

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