What Bills Might Waddle Through the Legislature During Lame Duck?

Minimum wage, paid sick leave, no fault auto insurance could all see changes.

Jake Neher/WDET

The Legislature is in its lame duck session and there are a couple big issues they may try to tackle before the end of the year — whether to change the state’s new minimum wage law, and whether to alter the new employee paid-sick time law.

Republicans leaders in Lansing may also try to pass a road funding package in order to avoid a major fight with incoming governor Gretchen Whitmer. 

Whitmer ran on a campaign of fixing Michigan’s terrible road conditions. That means working with the Legislature — controlled by Republicans — to pass an adequate funding model for not only maintaining but fixing roads and improving them.

That could mean billions of more dollars a year for roads than we are currently spending.

State Rep. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) — who is also an incoming state senator — is interested in creating a funding structure that works for roads without raising revenue through new taxes and fees. He joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about his plans, and about what he expects to see in the lame duck session.

Henderson is also joined by WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth, the team behind WDET’s weekly politics series MichMash.

To hear the conversation on Detroit Today, click on the audio player above.


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