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Minimum wage, abortion rights, audit ballot drives advance

Thousands of voters running out of time to return ballots
Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-19 16:43:44-05

LANSING, Mich. — Organizers of 2022 ballot drives to raise Michigan’s minimum wage, enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution and conduct another audit of the presidential election have cleared a procedural step after the state elections board approved summaries to appear atop their petitions.

Michigan's $9.87 minimum wage will gradually rise annually to $12.05 in 2031 under current law.

It would gradually increase to $15 by 2027 and then go up with inflation under the ballot initiative.

Michigan still has a 90-year-old abortion ban on its books if the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is reversed by the Supreme Court.