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  1. In an improving economy, Michigan workers’ part-time blues

    article – 01/09/2017 - 11:32am

    ... said Peter Ruark, senior analyst for the Michigan League for Public Policy, a Lansing-based nonprofit policy organization. “If you ... Those losses accelerated a shift toward the service sector, a broad category that encompasses everything from trade and utilities ...

  2. How often does your school hold back kindergartners?

    article – 03/26/2013 - 7:58am

    ... ‘redshirt’ kindergarteners Using data compiled by Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing-based research firm, Bridge has created a ...

  3. Local govn'ts say union relations are fine

    article – 03/23/2012 - 8:55am

    ... General Motors standing at its forefront. If major private sector employers of union labor want Right to Work, their enthusiasm is muted, ... Manufacturers Association). Could this all be about public sector unionism -- an area where unionization rates are far higher, ...

  4. Retirees sweat as courts weigh cuts to pension and health care

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:52am

    ... 11/13/2013 - 11:21am The pain Public Sector retirees will feel with retiree healthcare/pension reductions cannot ...

  5. Public investment is vital to Michigan. Low taxes don’t boost incomes.

    article – 10/24/2017 - 9:24am

    ... Careers for all Michiganders,” involve increasing public investments. That raises the question, “how do you pay for them?” ... "buying" jobs with tax money. If those jobs are private sector jobs, all of the taxes paid remain in the public coffers. If those jobs ...

  6. As special interests drag down government, private entities move to public’s aid

    article – 04/09/2013 - 7:30am

    ... of charter schools, designed to fill gaps left by poor public schools, while the worst schools are being forced into the Educational ... to move forward in vigorously creative ways while the public sector flounders. Examples abound: * The Kalamazoo Promise , funded ...

  7. Three great Michigan universities are driving innovation. Why is funding still flagging?

    article – 08/18/2017 - 12:53pm

    ... world-class talent and driving the economy in this important sector for our state. The report underscores this innovative sector’s ... conference committee’s decision to grant the state's 15 public universities an average 2 percent increase, funding for the URC ...

  8. Guest post: K-12 'increase' is actually a cut

    article – 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

    ... rate and the increase of nearly 80,000 private sector jobs last year (+79,600) is certainly good news, but net job growth was only 66,500 because the public sector continued to lose jobs (-13,100). Some will argue that fewer ...

  9. How Grand Rapids is prepping for the next big storm

    article – 09/01/2016 - 6:20am

    ... these features, as well as educating and encouraging the public to install their own. Michael Staal, civil engineer for the city ... distressed cities. A report by Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants released in April estimated that $3 billion and likely ...

  10. Guest column: Top challenge to business is cost of health care

    article – 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

    ... There are naturally areas where the business, nonprofit and public sectors disagree: taxes, regulation and infrastructure spending, to name ... suggest the following recommendations: * The public sector, especially local governments and schools, is struggling financially. A ...

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