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On November 21, 1977, I-96 between Muskegon and Detroit was completed, with the opening of the final stretch of the Jeffries Freeway between M-39 and I-275.
200,000 UAW workers went on strike against General Motors. After being on strike for 119 days, they received a raise of 18.5 cents per hour.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
Meekhof To Restructure Senate Secretary's Office
The Senate secretary's office will likely undergo changes when Senate Majority Leader-elect Arlan Meekhof takes the reins next year by separating the business functions from the day-to-day operations on the Senate floor.
Economists Forecast Faster Growth For U.S. Economy
America's economy should grow at its fastest pace in a decade in 2015, and continue that stronger pace of growth into 2016, economists said at a conference in Ann Arbor on Thursday.
Changes To 21st Century Jobs Fund Slated For First Week Of Lame Duck
Both the House and the Senate are expected to take action on a package of bills that would allow the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to streamline all of its reporting requirements on the 21st Century Jobs Fund into one report and increase the amount of community revitalization projects it authorizes.
McCann To Seek Recount In 20th Senate District
Rep. Sean McCann, who unsuccessfully sought to represent the 20th Senate District next term, announced Thursday he would seek a recount upon certification of the statewide election results next week.
Agri-Business Calls For Infrastructure Policy After Curtailment Request
The Michigan Agri-Business Association urged its members to honor Consumers Energy's request and cut back natural gas use through the weekend, but also urged the Legislature to take up policy changes that would prevent such orders in the future.
Ethics Panel Upholds Suspension, Firing Over Firewood Deal
The Department of Transportation was correct in suspending one employee, firing his supervisor and allowing a senior supervisor to take early retirement for their role in a deal to receive firewood from a department contractor, the Board of Ethics said in an order issued Thursday.
Supreme Court To Hear Alleged Mortgage Fraud Case
A case that Bank of America claims cost it $7 million in fraudulent mortgage flips will go to the Supreme Court for arguments.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 230, November 20, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Former Rep. Mel Larsen -- the co-namesake of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act -- said today he has no objection to expanding the 40-year-old law to include gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals, but he's concerned including the latter group could cause the bill to be grounded in the Republican-run House.
Larsen, 78, who still runs his own lobby firm, said he "has no objection" to including gender identity into the law. The issue is about whether the LGBT community and the business coalition can get to 56 votes for full inclusion.
If not, he said the language may need to be taken out. The LGBT community is digging in on that point and insisting everyone be included.
"It's not that it shouldn't be in there," he said. "It's about what's doable."
For the full article, see "Larsen Suggests 'T' May Need To Be Dropped From Civil Rights Expansion", Inside MIRS Today, November 20, 2014.
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Bill McGraw, "Postcard from Detroit – nature gets a haircut" : A failed industrial zone is cleared out and buffed up for market sale.
Bill McGraw, "Postcard from Detroit – restoring a faded palace" : The Forest Arms, the grande dame of apartments in Detroit’s Midtown, is being reborn from its burned out grave. At age 109, there is much work to be done. But geothermal wells?
Ron French, "State education board urges Legislature to transform how schools are funded" : The board’s report cites the recent Bridge series, “The smartest kids in the nation,” which chronicled how other states saw gains when they targeted funds to the schools that needed help most.
Ted Roelofs, "Michigan ranks in bottom half of state nationally in care for homeless children" : A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.
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