Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder today signed Senate Bills 1171 and 1175 to continue to increase the minimum wage and provide paid medical leave benefits for many Michigan workers.
“I look at legislation presented to me through a policy lens – is it the right policy for the state of Michigan and Michiganders as a whole? That’s what I did with these bills and have now signed them into law,” Snyder said. “I looked at what the potential impacts and benefits of the changes would be and decided that signing these bills was the appropriate action.”
Gov. Snyder noted that Michigan’s tremendous comeback has led to increased economic development and more jobs statewide, with unemployment now at its lowest rate in 18 years. In addition, Michigan’s per-capita income has grown 32 percent since 2010, for an average increase of more than $11,000. The state is now in the top 10 nationally and number one in the Great Lakes states for income growth over time.
“We need to continue our forward momentum while making sure all Michiganders are participating in the comeback,” Snyder said. “The leave bill offers the majority of workers in the state paid medical leave up to a week off work with pay. We are now one of only eleven states that provide such a benefit.
“The minimum wage bill continues Michigan’s minimum wage approved back in 2014 by providing fixed amount increases based on projected inflation and helps keep us in the top third of states nationally.”
The governor said the initial ballot proposals on these two issues were well-intentioned but would have resulted in cost and compliance burdens for job providers that could have negatively impacted employment in Michigan.
The new minimum wage law:
The new paid medical leave law:
“The two bills I signed today strike a good balance between the initial proposals and the original legislation as drafted,” Snyder said. “They address a number of difficulties for job providers while still ensuring paid medical leave benefits and increased minimum-wage incomes for many Michiganders.”
The bills, sponsored by Sen. David Hildenbrand and Sen. Mike Shirkey, respectively, are now PA 368 and PA 369 of 2018.