August 21, 2014 Print

A poll commissioned by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy finds that Michigan voters are worried about the effects of a minimum wage hike, particularly on its family-owned business.

A minimum wage hike will appear on the Michigan ballot in November 2014. Mackinac’s press release about the poll notes that three-quarters of those surveyed believe local businesses will have more difficulty adjusting to a hike than large chains. 

Further, the voters who were surveyed suggested, by a 3:1 margin, they may reduce the amount they tip to offset higher costs that may be passed on to them as a result of the proposed hike. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, notes that this could have the perverse impact of actually lowering the total compensation of some of the people the hike is intended to benefit.