LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - The change to Michigan's item pricing law promised to save us money but a report says it never delivered.
The item pricing law used to require retailers to individually price almost every item on their grocery shelves. That went away last March. Advocates said it would save consumers $2.2 billion in hidden taxes.
But Tuesday, Michigan Citizen Action released its investigation. The group toured nine grocery stores on a monthly bases and focused on the basics like flour, canned foods, and peanut butter.
The group found prices didn't go down-- some went up faster than the national average-- plus customers were confused and being overcharged, and workers suffered pay cuts.
"We knew that a lot of employees were losing their jobs from stories we were hearing on the ground. We knew that customer experiences weren't, people weren't have positive customer experiences," says Michael Shpunt, author of the Michigan Citizen Action report.
"I think a lot of us took the governor at his word and hoped that the repeal would indeed make shopping easier and more efficient and drive down prices, and money saved would be given back to consumers and employees in the form of new jobs," says Jocelyn Benson, Law Professor at Wayne State University.
Now, another report says just the opposite. It's from the Michigan Retailers Association and its findings show the repeal is keeping grocery prices down, consumers are saving money, and that grocery store employment has actually increased by 100 jobs.