DETROIT NEWS: ‘They have taken away our vote’: Michigan approves minimum-wage hike and paid sick leave, setting up clash

The Michigan legislature recently passed a proposal that Tracy Pease desperately promoted for more than seven months.

And she’s furious.

Pease, who earns $3.53 an hour as a server at the Coney Island diner in a suburb of Detroit, helped successfully gather hundreds of thousands of signatures to put a minimum- and tipped-wage hike to the voters via a ballot referendum this fall. Michigan organizers also had gathered enough signatures to force a vote on paid sick leave for workers.

But by signing both proposals into law last week, Michigan’s GOP-controlled state legislature has prevented them from being put to the voters — while also giving lawmakers a straightforward path to derailing them.