As far as a constitutional amendment is concerned, some in Michigan don't know what a constitution is for. This is understandable for anyone who hasn't read the document. Not unlike our federal constitution, Michigan's enumerates the rights of citizens and the mechanisms, responsibilities, and limits of state government. Nowhere does the constitution interfere or proscribe the relationship between employers and employees. It's not the job of a constitution. Responsibility for employment law is given to the legislature in Article IV, § 49, where it's given the right to regulate hours and conditions of employment, presumably including fixing of wages. The benefit laws have over constitutional amendments is laws can be more easily changed than constitutions. If an amendment is a tattoo on the body Michigan, a law is purposely one made from henna so that its shortsightedness might be more easily removed."We decided one big pile was better than two little piles and rather than bring that one up we decided to throw ours down."-- Arlo Guthrie, "Alice's Restaurant"
Fixing minimum wage to the CPI as a constitutional amendment will be like getting a tattoo when your in college. It sounds like a great idea to impress your friends and annoy your parents when your 19, but you'll be wearing long sleeve shirts the rest of your life to hide the evidence of your drinking binge with the wrong crowd.
Lansing needs some adult supervision before all the chaperones leave for other, more responsible states.