Michigan Republicans used a dirty trick to circumvent voters and gut minimum wage increase

Democrats had a fantastic Election Night in Michigan. In addition to re-electing Sen. Debbie Stabenow and gaining two extra House seats, Michigan Democrats elected former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer as their next governor, picked up seats in the state House and Senate, and passed ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana, establishing an independent redistricting commission, and expanding voting rights.

Another large goal of progressive activists, however, was to establish a minimum wage increase and a right to paid sick leave. That did not turn out quite as well because of a dirty trick played by the GOP-controlled legislature.

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