Michigan Court of Appeals votes against raising the minimum wage

On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously voted against raising Michigan's minimum wage. The vote halted a $3 pay bump expected to take effect in February. “The minimum wage is barely $10 an hour. That is completely inadequate," attorney Mark Brewer said. Brewer has been fighting for what he considers to be a liveable wage for workers for years. He represents the groups at the center of this latest court ruling. “Back in 2018 my clients brought two very popular ballot proposals to the state government,” Brewer said. One was to increase the minimum wage and the other was to provide every full-time employee with paid sick leave. Instead of putting the proposals on the ballot, the republican led legislature at the time adopted them. “But then in the lame duck session, they gutted them completely. Eviscerated them," Brewer said.