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Democrats’ strategy on minimum wage and sick time initiatives backfires

Michigan Democrats who voted in September to OK minimum wage and sick leave ballot initiatives were counting on Republicans honoring the long-standing precedent not to fiddle with measures after passage.

Unions fight GOP effort to seize power over schools

As the frenzied-pace Lame Duck session continues, state GOP lawmakers are looking to maximize their power and influence over schools before Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in. But teacher unions are fighting back.

Former lawmaker leading economic opportunity nonprofit slams GOP-led Lame Duck assault

A former longtime state lawmaker who now leads a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity is dismayed by the frenetic Lame Duck session.

‘I’m insulted’: Service industry worker berates Michigan lawmakers over minimum wage,...

Longtime service industry worker Tracy Pease told House members on Tuesday morning that she was “insulted” by GOP maneuvering to override citizens who supported...

New bill could trash part of Milliken’s environmental legacy

The “bottle bill” was a key part of GOP former Gov. William Milliken’s environmental legacy.

Trump report: Rising temps could hurt Michigan farmers, Great Lakes

A new report from the Trump administration says rising temperatures over the next century will pose serious consequences for the United States and the world.

Michigan is almost at full employment. What impact will minimum wage...

While many progressives are up in arms at the GOP-led Legislature’s attempts to gut an initiative raising the minimum wage, a report this week...

Blacks took lead as Michigan ‘freed the weed’

“I think it’s a tremendous victory that we freed the weed, as I like to say, or legalize marijuana in a time when African-Americans are four times more likely to be convicted of marijuana."

Economist: GOP minimum wage plan hurts low-wage workers, could halt some...

Last week’s push by the GOP-controlled Legislature to slow a the $12 minimum wage hike until 2030 will have a variety of economic ripple effects, according to a Purdue University economist.

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