We collected over 319,000 signatures on our ballot initiative to eliminate the tip penalty and raise the minimum wage to $10.10. Its enormous popularity galvanized Republican-controlled Michigan to pass a minimum wage increase just to avoid our more popular proposal. The Republican’s bill raises the sub-minimum wage by less than a dollar, keeping 160,000 tipped workers in the grips of financial instability.

Rachel Maddow further explains what’s up with Michigan being the only Republican-controlled state to pass a minimum wage increase.

Find our statement on the Michigan minimum wage increase here.