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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Call For $15 Minimum Wage, But Exempt Themselves

All three Democratic candidates for Michigan governor are using their websites to call for a $15 per hour minimum wage. But they pay their own interns nothing. … more

Ann Arbor Considering City Income Tax, Blames State

For years, municipal officials have used reductions in state revenue sharing as a device to promote local tax increases and lobby for more money from the state. … more

State Payments To City Hold Steady, Mayor Claims They’re ‘Abandoned’

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell claimed the state has "abandoned" his city in terms of financial support. The facts say otherwise. … more

Puffery And Spin The Norm When Industry Advocates Are Protecting Tax Favors

An advocate for the subsidizing of the forest industry in Michigan claimed it provides 154,000 jobs in Michigan. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says it's 1,833 jobs. … more

UAW Spins 26 Percentage-Point Defeat By Nissan Workers As Just ‘A Few Hundred Votes’

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel characterized his union’s failed effort to organize a Nissan factory in Canton, Mississippi, earlier this month as only “a few hundred votes” away from being successful. … more

Michigan Having ‘Hardest Times In The Union’? That’s So 2009

An article by a Detroit freelance writer named Drew Philp titled “‘The new Obama’: will Abdul El-Sayed be America’s first Muslim governor?” said Michigan was suffering hard times. But those days are in the rear view mirror. … more

Union Head’s Latest Media Tall Tale: Teachers Get No Time For Conferences

MEA President Steve Cook says teachers don't have any time to go to work conferences during the school year. But the Lansing School District gave its teachers 746 days to attend conferences on school time last year. … more

Cities hurt budgets with police/fire pension spiking schemes, blame state

The city of Lansing has several retired police and fire employees who make more in retirement than they did while working. The reason? Pension calculations that reward employees who can pile up overtime as they near retirement. … more

Hundreds Apply, But Grand Rapids Union Claims 'Teacher Shortage'

The Grand Rapids Education Association is promoting a myth that there's a teacher shortage. That district received as many as 740 applicants for one teaching position. … more

Unflattering Comparisons Never Made About Male-Politicians – NOT! 

Despite a Democratic state rep's claim, unflattering comparisons aren't made just about women. … more

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