This Week in Statehouse Action: 'Tis The Season edition
It’s that time of year again.
But not just for the holidays and the shopping and the parties and the eating and the gifting and all of that.
It’s cuffing season.
I confess, I was wholly unaware of cuffing season until it was recently used in an advertising email to entice me to order food delivery. (I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what smacking someone had to do with dining in.)
Yup, that’s me, last person on Earth to realize that “cuffing season” is actually a term referring to the short-term relationships that people are apparently motivated to enter into between October and March. To stay warm, obviously. And to stave off the debilitating loneliness that can rear its head around the holidays. And to be able to answer in the negative when family members ask, “Still single?”
As a longtime curmudgeonly shaker of fists at the heavy coupling pressures of the winter holiday season (according to my Fitbit, my heart rate spikes with ire every time I see a jewelry store ad between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day), it’s no wonder that I willed myself to remain oblivious to this phenomenon for so long.
So, um … Happy Cuffing Season or whatever!
Dumped Before They Have To Buy You Gifts: Michigan Republicans committed to a couple of new laws in September, but the truth is they were never really that into these measures and just wanted to make them unavailable to the people who actually cared about them.
Over the summer, progressive groups gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures to place two groovy measures on the ballot for the November general election: one that would have raised the minimum wage from $9.25 to $12 per hour and another that would have required employers to provide paid sick leave for workers.
But rather than risk having these measures approved by voters, the GOP-led legislature instead opted to approve the measures themselves—a move that gave lawmakers the power to later amend the new laws with a simple majority vote.
If the measures had been approved by voters, a three-quarters majority would have been required to amend them.
To exactly no one’s surprise, Republicans are quickly moving to use that amendment power to gut these laws in the post-election lame duck session.
Just two days after the election, two GOP lawmakers introduced bills that would strip tipped workers of this new, higher minimum wage and strip protections from employees claiming their bosses violated the paid sick leave law.
Why the rush? Well, incoming Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is likely to veto garbage bills like this, and with Republican majorities considerably shrunk in both legislative chambers (63R-47D to 58R-52D in the House; 27R-11D to 22R-16D in the Senate), the GOP won’t be able to override her rejections.