Notwithstanding the difficulties small businesses continue to encounter in the current economy, the push to increase minimum wages continues to swirl, but this week we can at least report some good news on the subject. A proposed ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $15 an hour by 2028 has failed to collect and submit the required valid signatures by the June 1 deadline. To clear that hurdle, proponents needed to collect over 340,000 valid voter signatures. Consequently, the effort which was led by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) non-profit arm One Fair Wage, will not be going before the voters in this year’s election. The organization’s president, Saru Jayaraman, said the group will work to place the proposal, which would also eliminate the state tip credit, on the November 2024 ballot instead.