CS130806 http://wkar.org en Current State #137 | August 6, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-137-august-6-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: the growing seasonal worker population in Michigan; scientific disagreement with Michigan biodiversity bill; the sequestration and Michigan workforce training; and the Whole Foods ripple effect.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:49:03 +0000 Current State 40314 at http://wkar.org Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth http://wkar.org/post/michigans-migrant-and-seasonal-worker-population-sees-growth <p>Michigan's signature cherry crop, among other agricultural state staples, depend heavily on thousands of migrant workers each year.&nbsp; Even after a killing frost destroyed much of the crop in 2012, a new report shows Michigan's migrant and seasonal farm population is growing. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:47:54 +0000 Current State 40313 at http://wkar.org Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers http://wkar.org/post/sequestrations-potential-impact-michigan-workers <p>In a recent opinion piece in the Lansing State Journal CEO of <a href="http://camw.org/">Capital Area Michigan Works</a> Doug Stites wrote that the 20%&nbsp; funding cuts to his agency come at a critical time when efforts to retrain Michigan workers for in-demand jobs is extremely important.&nbsp; At the same time, a number of taxpayers are skeptical of the publicly funded agency's work. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:43:25 +0000 Current State 40306 at http://wkar.org Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity http://wkar.org/post/scientists-across-michigan-oppose-legislation-limit-biodiversity <p>This past spring the Michigan Senate passed Bill 78, which prohibits state agencies from setting aside land to maintain biodiversity.&nbsp; The bill has drawn strong criticism from various environmental groups. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:38:23 +0000 Current State 40308 at http://wkar.org Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses http://wkar.org/post/how-whole-foods-might-affect-similar-local-businesses <p>Texas-based <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/">Whole Foods</a> recently announced plans to open a new store on Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township in 2015.&nbsp; This location will put the new organic food store in very close proximity to several similar stores, including Foods for Living and the East Lansing Food Co-op. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:34:34 +0000 Current State 40301 at http://wkar.org How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses