A coalition of labor and civil rights groups calling itself Raise Michigan has announced its intention to form a ballot campaign committee. It’s a procedural step that could lead to a statewide vote this November on raising the minimum wage, which in Michigan is currently $7.40 an hour.
Daphne Whitfield is a staff volunteer at Tabernacle of David in Lansing. She's one of nearly 45,000 Michigan residents who will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefit on Dec. 28. Whitfield says she's undeterred by the loss. She's a full-time student and is planning to launch her own clothing business soon.
The holidays can be a stressful time in and of themselves, but some Michigan residents are bracing for more difficulty. About 45,000 people in the state who are currently receiving unemployment insurance through a federal extension program will lose that benefit by the end of the month.
Since 2008, the state legislature has cut funding for its 15 public universities by a whopping 32%, the 13th highest in the nation according to a report issued earlier this year by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.
Buying a home is fraught with difficult decisions, and navigating the process can be daunting. For potential homebuyers in the Lansing area, there’s at least one place to get some help: The Home Buyers Club.
Today on Current State: Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".
If you lived in the Lansing area in the second half of the 90's, you probably remember billboards and bumper stickers shouting "Lansing Works" and "Keep GM." It was part of an aggressive campaign to persuade General Motors from cutting back, and possibly ceasing operations in Lansing. Up to 7,000 jobs in the city were at risk.
Timebanks have been cropping up in cities across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.
Starting in 2005, General Motors closed several of its mid-Michigan factories, including Lansing Car Assembly and the Craft Centre. The economic blow was devastating to thousands of families who had given generations of service to America’s auto industry. Now, a new task force is working to bring families, businesses and neighborhoods together to plant new seeds in those vacant brownfields.
Economic developers have their sights on what they’re calling a “burgeoning” part of Michigan’s economy—the garment industry. East Lansing’s Prima Civitas Foundation wants to connect scattered designers and manufacturers and morph them into a greater economic force.