The same day a initiative to raise Michigan's minimum wage was turned down, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) held a news conference to call for Congress to raise the national minimum wage.Board of State Canvassers approves wolf hunt, denies minimum wage
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On Thursday, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers decided the fates of two ballot initiatives that had their petitions submitted at the end of May.Much more about both decisions and the reaction to them at the link.
The Board unanimously approved the initiative from Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management that would allow the wolf hunt to continue along with funding measures to combat Asian Carp and continue offering free hunting and fishing licenses to active-duty members of the armed services.
They also denied the initiative from Raise Michigan to put a measure on the ballot that would allow voters to vote for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour on a 3-1 bipartisan vote, citing not enough valid signatures.
As I told the readers of Join the Coffee Party Michigan, it's possible that neither will be on the ballot, as the minimum wage measure was turned down, while the pro-hunting measure may be voted into law by the state legislature, bypassing the voters entirely. Welcome to life in a republic, not a democracy.
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