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Fair lending submits signatures, several petitions push to next cycle

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A petition to cap payday lending service fees turned in a little over 400-thousand signatures.

Only one out of around ten initiatives submitted signatures by Wednesday’s deadline to get on the November ballot in Michigan.

A petition to cap payday lending service fees turned in a little over 400-thousand signatures.

That’s as other efforts, like one to raise Michigan’s minimum wage, are holding off to build a stronger cushion in case some signatures don’t hold up to scrutiny.

The leader of one of those campaigns -- One Fair Wage President Saru Jayaraman -- says many efforts fell victim to some paid petition circulators who faked signatures.

“We’ve all had to toss out signatures from that group. And we wanted to be super cautious. We didn’t know how much of that would be tossed and so we wanted to be careful.”

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Jayaraman says One Fair Wage is focused on qualifying for the 2024 ballot. Other efforts hope the Legislature will take up their petitions.

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