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Democrats slam Governor Rick Snyder for signing minimum wage and sick time legislation

Gov. Snyder testifies in front of Congress
Posted at 8:54 AM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 13:00:08-05

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) — Democrats are slamming Governor Rick Snyder for signing legislation that scales back proposals to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers.

House Democratic Floor Leader Christine Greig said Snyder chose to rob the people of Michigan of the strong paycheck and good benefits they deserve. Representative Winnie Brinks says the Governor will leave behind a legacy of prioritizing profits and corporate bottom lines above the needs of everyday people.

Governor Snyder says he signed the bills because he thinks they're in the best interest of Michigan residents. He also says the original proposals were well intentioned, but says they would have put too much of a burden on employers.

Under the bills Syder signed, the minimum wage will increase to $9.45 going up every year until hitting $12.05 in 2030. The original proposal called for a $12.00 minimum wage by 2022.

The paid sick leave law requires at least one hour of leave for every 35 hours worked, but it exempts smaller businesses.