Lack of minimum wage question on ballot won’t be challenged

LANSING (AP) – A coalition of labor interests and community organizers said it won’t challenge a decision not to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot.

Raise Michigan coalition spokesman Frank Houston said the group determined its efforts “to ensure that everyone who works full-time makes a decent wage are better fought outside of the courtroom.”

The ballot drive would have amended current law to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

The Board of State Canvassers initially estimated that Raise Michigan collected enough signatures. But once the board accounted for duplicates identified by a restaurant-backed group opposing the proposal, it disqualified 5,600.

In May, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law gradually increasing the wage from $7.40 to $9.25 an hour just before Raise Michigan submitted its proposal.