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Stateside Podcast: Judge rules “adopt and amend” unconstitutional

An eagle's-eye view of the inside of the Michigan state capitol building.
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The Michigan legislature approved a ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage in 2018, but later amended the plan. This "adopt and amend" move was recently ruled unconstitutional.

Advocates worked on a ballot initiative in 2018 to increase Michigan’s minimum wage and codify other protections. The Republican-controlled legislature voted to approve the initiative, but later altered the plan amid the chaos of the lame-duck session, essentially weakening the intent of the law.

The Court of Claims recently ruled this "adopt and amend" move to be unconstitutional. But this four-year battle over minimum wage and paid sick leave isn't over. Craig Mauger, politics reporter for the Detroit News, breaks it down.

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Craig Mauger, politics reporter for the Detroit News
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Ronia Cabansag is a producer for Stateside. She comes to Michigan Radio from Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a BS in Media Studies & Journalism and English Linguistics with a minor in Computer Science.