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Michigan Judge Restores Law Increasing State Minimum Wage

Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

DETROIT, July 22, 2022 ~ Judge Douglas Shapiro reinstated two voter-approved initiatives this week, directing the State of Michigan to increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, and requiring previously exempt small businesses to give workers paid sick leave.

Ironically, it’s just another inflation driving source … If there was no downside to doing it, why not make it $100,000,” said Small Business Association of Michigan President and CEO Brian Calley on “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz.”

What happens is it ends up driving up the cost of everything, and the people at the bottom of the wage scale – no matter where you set it – are the ones that get hurt the most.


July 21, 2022 ~ Small Business Association of Michigan President and CEO  Brian Calley talks with Kevin and Tom about Judge Douglas Shapiro‘s reinstatement of two voter-approved initiatives, one requiring Michigan to increase its minimum wage law to $12 per hour and another that requires previously exempt small businesses to provide paid sick leave to workers.

(CONTINUED) Attorneys from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office petitioned Wednesday to delay enforcement of Judge Shapiro’s ruling “pending the final disposition of all appeals.”

“The people of the state deserve predictability and stability in the status of the law governing sick leave and the minimum wage,” said the state in its filing. “For this reason, the state asks this court to grant the stay during the pendency of the appeal, so that it will be clear to all relevant stakeholders that they remain in a position of status quo until this question reaches final disposition on appeal.

AG Nessel, who had previously indicated her support for the judge’s ruling, has elected a conflict wall between her and the attorneys from her office that are arguing the case. 

The mater is expected to escalate all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.