GOP continues lame-duck power grab

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The scene was much more civilized in Lansing Wednesday, but most Michigan residents are still opposed to the state legislature's lame duck strategy.

Tuesday, the legislature passed bills delaying minimum wage hikes and reducing paid sick leave. The issue has democrats worried Michigan families will lose what they earned.

"These benefits that they had accrued and won through legislative process, the republicans, after losing the elections, decided to gut these things in the last weeks of lame duck," said Democratic Leader Sam Singh.

Republicans say that the bill will save work and money for businesses, and that minimum wage hikes poses a problem for tipped workers.

"It’s going to shut down restaurants, you're going to have $20 hamburgers, and you're going to put a lot of young people out of work," said Senator Rick Jones.

State voters claim that the strategy, endorsed by attorney general Bill Scheutte, is unconstitutional.

"This week Michiganders from across the state are coming to Lansing to make their voices heard," a woman said to the Election Committee Wednesday. "Trying to change the rules on your way out the door is just disgraceful."

Those opposed also argue that the decision is hasty.

"I don't believe there's any haste in making sure that people have jobs," countered Jones.

Democratic leaders and Michigan residents are hopeful the proposals aren't amended by the time new leadership is sworn in next month.