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Minimum Wage Proposal Suffers Major Setback
The Board of State Canvassers on Thursday decided 3-1 that it would not certify a petition for a voter-initiated act to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and bring tipped workers up to that rate.
Land Files Amended Disclosure; Democrats File Complaints
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land amended her financial disclosure paperwork to reflect that a bank account she previously had listed as in her sole control in fact is a joint account shared with her husband, but several unanswered questions remain about the source of the $2.9 million she has poured into her campaign.
Tea Party Vs. Establishment Reverses In 3rd Congressional
In a turn from the usual plot, the tea party is working to hold onto a seat in the 3rd U.S. House District where businessman Brian Ellis is challenging U.S. Rep Justin Amash in the Republican primary.
Challenger Pushing Banks In 1st
Rep. Brian Banks of Harper Woods remains vulnerable to losing the Democratic nomination in the 1st House District to challenger Rebecca Thompson of Detroit, but he is proving resilient, observers of Detroit politics say.
Republicans, Dems Vying To Replace Segal in House 62nd Primaries
The 62nd House District, although leaning slightly Democratic, is still a possibility for Republicans to win in November, and although both John Bizon, a doctor, and Calhoun County Board of Commissioner Chair Art Kale, said they like current Rep. Kate Segal personally, they are ready to bring conservative ideals to the seat.
10th House Race Features Serious Candidates, No Acrimony
Unlike some other House races, the Democratic battle for the nomination in the 10th House District features five candidates who have been focused on their campaigns with no time for attacking the others.
Unemployment Rises In Most Regions, Tourist Areas See Drop
Thanks to the tourism season being in full swing, northern Michigan labor regions saw their unadjusted unemployment rates drop in June, but virtually every other regional labor market saw its unemployment rate increase from May to June.
Aramark Worker Dismissed After Discovery Of Drugs In Car
An Aramark employee at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia was barred from working at the prison after police pulled him over near his home and discovered a marijuana pipe and other marijuana paraphernalia in his vehicle.
Report: Charters Provide Better Return On Investment
Charter schools in the state do not score as well on the National Assessment of Academic Progress, but they are more cost effective in getting to those scores, a report released this week showed. The study, by the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, found that charter schools generally provided better results for the money spent on education.
Calley, Nakagiri To Face Off For GOP LG Nomination
Though he had flirted with the idea, embattled GOP National Committeeman Dave Agema did not launch a bid for lieutenant governor at the upcoming Republican state convention, leaving Wes Nakagiri as the sole challenger to Lt. Governor Brian Calley.
Michigan NOW Announces Endorsements
The Michigan National Organization for Women issued its first round of endorsements for the upcoming election, throwing its support behind 65 candidates, including a record-number 39 female candidates. "We reviewed over 100 requests for endorsement and urge voters to consider casting their ballots for the 65 candidates we recommend" Danielle Troia, president of Michigan NOW, said in a statement. "We had to make some tough choices because there are many good candidates. We are especially pleased to endorse 39 women who are running for office, more than ever. It is important for Michigan women's voices to be heard in Congress, the Michigan Legislature and Michigan's Judiciary."
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 143, July 24, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
For at least the third time this year, maggots have been spotted in or around food at a Department of Corrections (DOC) facility. And once again, the situation involves Aramark, the private vendor that provides food service for the state's prisons.
DOC spokesperson Russ Marlan confirmed today that the new round of maggots was found in potatoes that were sitting on a pallet this week at the Alger Correctional Facility in Munising.
For the full article, see "Maggots Again Found In Potatoes At Michigan Prison", Inside MIRS Today, July 24, 2014.
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Michigan voters won’t see a $10.10-an-hour minimum wage proposal on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, the state’s election board decided Thursday after rejecting proponents’ petitions because they contain too many duplicate signatures.
The Board of State Canvassers, honoring an 11th-hour challenges from $10.10 opponents, determined petitions submitted by Raise Michigan were thousands of signatures short of the 258,088 required for a Michigan ballot initiative. The board’s vote was 3-1.
That decision brought strong objections from representatives of Raise Michigan, the coalition submitting the petitions, who called the process unfair and said they may ask the courts to overturn it.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Minimum wage petition drive short of signatures, state board rules", Detroit News, July 24, 2014.
Mike Wilkinson, "Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?" : High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.
Mike Wilkinson, "Giving Detroiters a tax break" : Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.
Mike Wilkinson, "Detroit taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents" : Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.
Paula Sorrell, "Michigan beginning to lure venture capitalists" : National investors are increasingly bullish about Michigan startups, getting past the mindset that we’re a flyover state.
It’s the hip area code emblazoned on T-shirts, shouted in rap songs and built into most every metro Detroiter’s telephone habits.
This week, it’s on birthday cakes, too, as Detroit celebrates its 313th birthday with a full week of activities at the Detroit Historical Museum. And there are dozens of other events, including many free festivals, tours and concerts.
The 313 area code has “become a moniker for Detroit, central to our identity,” said Bob Sadler, marketing director for the Detroit Historical Museum.
This week’s museum programs include extra cultural references to 313, but “we’ve always made the city’s birthday a special celebration, on and around July 24, that being the day in 1701 when Antoine Cadillac and his band of voyageurs decided to settle here,” Sadler said.
For the full article, see "The 313 turns 313! Happy birthday, Detroit!", Detroit Free Press, July 20, 2014.
For a related article, see Dan Austin, "Meet the 5 best mayors in Detroit history", Detroit Free Press, July 22, 2014.
Dan Austin, "Meet the 5 worst mayors in Detroit history", Detroit Free Press, July 23, 2014.
Dan Austin, "What happened 313 years ago on July 24", Detroit Free Press, July 23, 2014.
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