LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate remained stable in January. The January rate of 14.3 was a minuscule .2% point lower than the December rate. There were 693,000 thousand unemployed people looking for work in Michigan in January. When people who've given up looking or are working part-time are counted, the unemployment and under-employment rate in January was 21.9%.
LANSING, MI – A children's rights organization says Michigan has not made enough progress in fixing the state's foster care system. Children's Rights is giving the state 30 days to come up with a better improvement plan or it will go back to court.
LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says Michigan should follow the lead of North Dakota and open a state bank that could make low-interest loans to businesses and college students.
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday the state bank also could ease the foreclosure crisis by buying down mortgage portfolios held by smaller banks in Michigan and partner with other private banks.
The Bank of North Dakota is the nation's only state-owned bank, but politicians in several states are starting to think of copying the idea.
LANSING, MI – A state Senate panel is continuing discussion of a controversial proposal to require all public employees and teachers to pay at least 20% of their health care benefits.
Paul Hense is with the Small Business Association of Michigan. He told lawmakers that business owners are frustrated they have to pay for their own health care, while they see public employees living with comfortable health plans from taxpayer dollars.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's jobless rate remained stable in January. It dropped very slightly to 14.3%.
The state's unemployment rate has held pretty steady at a little above or below 15% since last summer. The jobless rate in January might have been worse except that already downsized factory workforces didn't face big winter layoffs.
UNDATED – UNDATED (AP) - Michigan State's Kalin Lucas has been named to the Big Ten's first team in separate voting by conference coaches and media members. The second team included Michigan's DeShawn Sims. His teammate Manny Harris and Michigan State's Draymond Green made the third team.