Raise Michigan Won't Challenge Canvassers' Decision

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The Raise Michigan Coalition announced Friday it will not file a legal challenge against the State Board of Canvassers' decision to not place a minimum wage hike on the November ballot.

The group had submitted petition signatures to get a proposal raising Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour before voters in November. A week ago, the State Board of Canvassers ruled the organization was 3,908 signatures short of the 258,000 it needed. The board voted 3-1 to not certify the petitions.

In a press release Friday, Frank Houston of Raise Michigan cited "unprecedented rule changes" by the board as what led to its decision not to challenge the decision.

"We have determined that our efforts to ensure that everyone who works full-time makes a decent wage are better fought outside the courtroom," Houston is quoted as saying in a press release from Progress Michigan.

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