Dems rip Gov. Snyder for gutting wage, benefit laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are blasting Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for signing Republican-backed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers.

Rep. Christine Greig on Friday accused the governor of choosing to “rob” people of strong paychecks and good benefits. She calls his move “shameful.”

The outgoing Republican governor says signing the bills was the “right policy” for Michigan residents as a whole. He contends a majority of workers will have paid medical leave and Michigan’s minimum wage will stay in the top third of states nationally.

The new laws are sure to be challenged legally, because lawmakers have never before adopted citizen initiatives and then altered them in the same legislative session.

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