In response to the Court of Appeals decision to block an increase to the state’s minimum wage, Rep. Cam Cavitt (R-Cheboygan) issued the following statement:
“I am thrilled with the Michigan Court of Appeals decision to strike down the proposed increase in tipped minimum wage. This ruling is a victory for small businesses and their employees throughout the state.
“The proposed increase would have had a devastating impact on the restaurant and hospitality industry, which continues to struggle to stay afloat since the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase would have forced many small businesses to reduce hours, fire staff, or even close their doors permanently. This decision is a crucial step in protecting the livelihoods of hardworking Michiganders, and preserving the economic well-being of our state.
“It’s a win for both employees and employers statewide, as it ensures tipped employees will continue to earn a fair wage, while also protecting small business owners from being forced to make difficult decisions such as job cuts just to stay afloat.
“I pledge to continue to fight for policies that promote economic growth and job creation for all Michiganders.”
“MPSC made the right call today, but it doesn’t excuse the overzealous effort to delay and kill the Enbridge proposal,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “The operation of Line 5 is essential. Enbridge is one the largest taxpayers in Cheboygan County. Without Line 5 tax revenue, entire school districts would be forced to close.”
“When they’re in the freezer, all deer look the same,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “Hunting is about more than finding the biggest buck. Michigan has too many deer. We hunters need to step up and look past trophy bucks to help manage the population.”
“MPSC made the right call today, but it doesn’t excuse the overzealous effort to delay and kill the Enbridge proposal,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “The operation of Line 5 is essential. The pipeline supplies more than half the propane used in Michigan. Enbridge is one the largest taxpayers in Cheboygan County. Without Line 5 tax revenue, entire school districts would be forced to close.”
“Michigan residents deserve more than what Democrats delivered in their financial disclosure package. I voted yes because the legislation is a step in the right direction. I’m just disappointed the step had to be so small. Transparency is important to me and every other Michigan resident. Forcing a 3 a.m. vote was irresponsible and exactly what we’re trying to get rid of.”