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Proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage would boost paychecks

WASHINGTON — A gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the pay of low-income workers across the United...

Billions for Medicaid expansion dangled in front of holdout states

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are trying again to entice a dozen holdout states — many of them in the South — to expand...

Whitmer rolls out $67B budget, with boosts for schools, public health

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled out her third state budget proposal Thursday morning, with $67.1 billion focusing on education, economic development, infrastructure and public health...

Michigan children to receive $741M in food assistance

The families of 810,000 Michigan children whose access to affordable school meals has been affected by COVID-19 will soon be receiving monthly payments, Gov....

Outlook for $15/hour minimum wage boosted by new govt. report

WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce...

House COVID plan requires vaccine recipients be notified if aborted fetuses...

Republicans who control the Michigan House approved a plan Thursday that would require recipients of a COVID-19 vaccine administered using funds from the supplemental...

Column: People with disabilities can’t be left behind during the pandemic

Elected officials must do more to protect people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten months ago, the World Health Organization issued concerns that people...

Stabenow: Vilsack is ‘one step closer’ to taking back reins at...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Tom Vilsack’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), after a...

1.2M Michigan workers would see a raise under minimum wage bill

More than 25% of Michigan workers, including about one-third of women working in the state, would earn thousands of more dollars each year should...

Gilda Z. Jacobs: We can’t let 2020 be Michigan’s best year...

Bipartisanship might not feel very plausible right now, and in fact, seems to be getting more far-fetched by the day.  I had planned to use...

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