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  1. Two cities that took control of retiree costs

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:52am

    ... for retirement, similar to 401(k) plans many private sector employers provide their workers, with Kentwood offering a match. When ... of towns, while "cash pay" is generally close in the Public/Private Sectors, PUBLIC Sector pensions and benefits are ALWAYS much ...

  2. Average Michigan wage earner is $5,000 behind other Americans

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:52am

    ... in the first quarter of 2001, the average annualized private-sector wage in Michigan was $38,532 – almost $1,100 above the national ... all of the state’s income growth in that period came from public sector wages and government transfer payments. “We have become ...

  3. Prosecutor: Public safety should be top priority in prison reform

    article – 09/24/2015 - 6:10am

    ... reforms in important areas of the criminal justice system, public safety and security must be the first priority. The Michigan ... but “nonviolent” criminals. The public and private sector efforts that help reduce recidivism are important. Local options are ...

  4. As Right to Work takes root, MEA faces rough lessons from Wisconsin

    article – 05/07/2013 - 6:56am

    ... State Capitol in 2011 in opposition to restrictions on public-sector union organizing. Since the restrictions were implemented, the number of ...

  5. The political class doesn’t like term limits, but the public does

    article – 12/16/2016 - 9:20am

    ... from diverse backgrounds are given an opportunity in public service. When career politicians run the show, fresh faces and ... expense account, or health-care premiums lower than private sector averages. For lawmakers, term limits represent not just a policy ...

  6. Bid to head off ‘Right to Work’ may propel its adoption in Michigan

    article – 11/08/2012 - 7:55am

    ... amendment is the latest in a growing line of significant public sector union defeats in recent years, including: • Failure in 2008 of the ...

  7. Report: Michigan held down by low income, education

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:27am

    ... a lower percentage of college graduates. When the auto sector collapsed during the recession, it took income levels with it. In 2000, ... from local through federal, the not-for-profit agencies, public education, and such employers pay no taxes, what do think should be done ...

  8. Oh, horrors, a recall election

    article – 10/06/2011 - 10:26am

    ... budget actions that are leading to cuts in employment in the public sector. The private sector, meanwhile, is caught with the rest of the nation in ...

  9. Four reasons why Michigan college prices have skyrocketed (Chapter 3)

    article – 02/24/2015 - 6:05am

    ... family budgets: #1: Michigan lowered state funding to public universities In 1990, Michigan sent $1.06 billion to the state’s ... over time? The reasons given (competition from private-sector or K12-public education) were just as true 10-20 years ago. Furthermore ...

  10. Negotiating with 'heroes' no simple matter

    article – 05/22/2012 - 7:47am

    ... Ann Arbor became the poster child for critics of Michigan's public safety binding arbitration law, as a labor settlement cost the city $1.5 ... another measure -- PA 54 of 2011 -- that bars a public sector arbitration panel from imposing retroactive wage increases after ...