minimum wage

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill that stops local governments from adopting their own ordinances that cover wages and working conditions. 


State Senator Margaret O'Brien says her vote against legislation to ban local governments from enacting ordinances to regulate employee wages and benefits was "philosophical." 

"In light of legislative attempts to break through the regulatory patchwork businesses face in communities throughout Michigan, some local government officials are asking whether the state has too many layers of government in the first place. In opposing broadly written legislation that would strip the ability of municipalities to set minimum wage and benefits policies, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell recently told MiBiz that perhaps a long-term solution to the underlying issue of regulatory variations would be to consolidate some of the state’s more than 1,800 governmental units." (MiBiz)


(MPRN-Lansing) Local minimum wage and benefit ordinances in place before this year would no longer be preempted by a controversial bill in the state Legislature. 


A bill that would end local wage and benefit laws has cleared the state Senate. The legislation would stop communities from setting their own living wage and workplace rules – among other things.