Ballot initiatives face challenges from business organizations

Jul 16, 2018

Business backed organizations say two initiatives waiting for approval from the Board of State Canvassers should not be on the November ballot.

They’re challenging the initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage and to require earned sick time for employees.

The challenges, in part, involve whether the petitions have enough valid signatures to be on the November ballot.

Londell Thomas is a campaign manager for MI Time to Care. That’s the group behind the earned sick time petition. He says the campaign is confident it has enough valid signatures.

“Our campaign is going to continue to fight and ensure that the nearly 400-thousand Michiganders who signed that petition see it on the ballot in November.”

The effort to increase the state’s minimum wage also faces a challenge in the Michigan Court of Appeals. A group backed by the Michigan Restaurant Association says the petition violates the state constitution.