The Craig Fahle Show

Michigan GOP Silences Voters, Says Free Press' Dickerson

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press discusses his editorial article claiming Michigan Republican legislators are circumventing democracy by repealing the minimum wage law and replacing it.

He spoke with Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville about the minimum wage statute and Raise Michigan’s petition to put a $10.10 minimum wage vote on the November ballot.

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage to $8.15.

"So instead of amending the state’s current minimum-wage statute (as Jones’ bill would do), Richardville’s proposal would repeal that statute and replace it with a new, essentially similar one. His strategy — which he readily copped to in a phone conversation Friday afternoon — is to make sure that, even if Raise Michigan succeeds in its bid to amend the current minimum-wage statute, it won’t count, because the statute they want to amend will have ceased to exist." Excerpt from "Michigan GOP concocts way to silence the voice of voters" by Brian Dickerson