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UAW Goes On Campus To Find New Members

The United Automobile Workers union, or UAW, appears to be gaining new members by organizing graduate research students at colleges. … more

Many More Walk To Work As Take Subsidized Transit in Michigan

Across the state of Michigan, 61,000 people say they commute to work using public transit services; 96,000 people walk and 4 million people drive. … more

Some Teachers In This District In Line For 17 Percent Pay Hikes

Gov. Rick Snyder presented his annual state budget recommendations to the Legislature on Feb. 7. They include a proposal to increase public school spending by $312 million, or as much as $240 per pupil. Reaction from school officials was mixed. … more

Police Seize Property All The Time And It’s No Big Deal — Until They Want To Keep It

When the police have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed they are permitted to seize a person’s property as evidence, or as part of an investigation.  … more

Michigan Schools Underfunded - If You Don’t Count All The Funding Increases

Michigan House Minority Leader Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, recently touted a new report on school finance that claims Michigan’s public schools are underfunded.  … more

Obama Stimulus Aside, More Money Than Ever Rolling Into State Road Repair Budget

If taxpayers are concerned about the condition of Michigan’s roads, they should know that it’s not their fault. The state agency in charge of road repairs has more money coming in now than in any other year, with one unusual exception. … more

Fewer Kids Statewide Does Not Mean Less Money For Schools

Having fewer students in Michigan doesn't mean there's less money being generated for public schools. In fact, despite a drop in enrollment, Michigan's K-12 public schools are getting more money than ever. … more

Rising Revenues Never Enough For Michigan Cities And Their Lobbyist

A city commission member for the city of Traverse City says they don't have the money to repair the streets. The city's revenues tell a different story. … more

2003 Granholm: ‘California, Eat Your Heart Out!’

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm chided the state of California and praised Michigan as the place to live in 2003. Then, less than a month out of office, she bolted to live in the Golden State. … more

No, Michigan Teachers Did Not Experience Pay Cuts In 2017

The average teacher salary fell to $61,875 in 2015-16, the fifth consecutive year it declined. But the vast majority of public school teachers aren't taking pay cuts. … more

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