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Gov. Rick Snyder's administration today announced it is seeking to take a lead in providing more job opportunities to people with disabilities within the state workforce.
Snyder issued an executive directive today ordering the creation of a plan to hire more state employees who have a mental illness, intellectual or developmental disability or physical disability.
For the full article, see "Gov's Directive: Hire More People With Disabilities Into State Workforce", Inside MIRS Today, October 27, 2014.
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Amongst American ideals, the right to private property is among the most important. We are allowed to buy, own, and sell our property as we like, when we like. It’s just how it works. Well, it’s how it’s supposed to work but, in Michigan, that’s not always the case. Got tickets to sell? I’m afraid you can’t just sell them as you wish. “It’s not a fan friendly ticket environment here in Michigan” said Josh Hovey of Michigan Ticket Fairness.
Let’s say you have tickets to the Red Wings game this Friday night (lucky you!), but you can’t make it (unlucky you!). You spend $45 on tickets, and your neighbor will pay you $50 for them. Sounds great, right? Not so fast. In Michigan, that’s illegal.
You see, Michigan has an 80 year-old law on the books preventing people from selling their tickets above face value. While this was meant to put a stop to scalping, it is also a pretty great example of crony capitalism. The vendors and venues receive a portion of all ticket sales. Then, they make deals with sites like StubHub to be the sole avenue through which tickets can be resold, and they get a kick-back from those sales, too. So, they’re getting paid twice for the same tickets. Furthermore, on some sites, the consumer can only see the asking price of the ticket. Once hidden fees are assessed, they end up paying considerably more, in many cases even paying shipping fees for tickets delivered electronically. This law seems to benefit the sites, venues, and teams or bands, but the consumer gets the short end of the stick. In fact, as Hovey said, “They’re complicit in scalping because they have these agreements.”
For the full article, see Amelia Hamilton, "The Fight for Ticket Fairness in Michigan", Red State Blog, October 27, 2014.
First congressional candidate Jerry Cannon questions whether U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek fought hard enough to prevent the high electric rates the Upper Peninsula is facing. He also defends his military service at Guantanamo Bay and charges of alleged abuse of detainees. The Democrat also addresses what happened with the Obamacare controversy from early in the campaign, among other issues.
Also, new campaign finance reports are out and the MIRS team breaks down the legislative races and projects how the state Senate and state House will look like after Nov. 4. And what did editor Kyle Melinn find inside his 6th grade class' 30-year time capsule he and his Byron Center classmates dug up last week?
Robin Miner-Swartz, "If you #lovelansing – or any community or charity – consider Giving Tuesday" : When you’re doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget the charities that need tending, especially at this time of year. Giving Tuesday, after Thanksgiving, is the newly designated day.
Bill McGraw, "Border crossing – the long, fraught history of the Detroit-Grosse Pointe divide" : The sudden closing this summer of a road leading from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park reignited accusations that Detroit’s largely African-American and poor population was not welcome. Residents on both sides are pushing for change.
Established to preserve and interpret the rich copper mining heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the park was headquartered in Calumet.
Source : Michigan History magazine, October 2003.
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