Mich. groups launch minimum wage, sick time campaigns

Lansing — Michigan groups seeking to raise the state’s minimum wage and require paid sick leave benefits for workers are launching petition drives in hopes of making the 2018 ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday approved for circulation a petition from the One Fair Michigan ballot committee that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 for most workers and by 2024 for tipped employees.

Separately, the MI Time to Care ballot committee officially launched its own petition drive Tuesday for a proposal that would require businesses to provide workers with paid sick leave for use in case of physical or mental illness, injury or health conditions affecting themselves or a family member.

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