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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. No-change claim from pro-Prop 2 ad doesn't stand up; Truth Squad calls foul

    article – 09/25/2012 - 7:35am

    ... It does stipulate that state laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking. A memo from the Michigan Education ... State University’s College of Law, said that private-sector workers already have the right to organize and bargain collectively ...

  7. Urban chief outlines new normal for cities

    article – 02/23/2012 - 12:08pm

    ... CEO group Business Leaders for Michigan and prepared by Public Sector Consultants Inc. and the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy ...

  8. Stomach-churning: Highs and lows in Mich. economy

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:53am

    ... and educational services also grew as the overall service sector became a larger slice of the state's economy. Agriculture, although ... insurance board of directors boardroom, was the "strong public option" that (if it had survived?) would have given the insurance and ...

  9. Pension vote claims don't hold up in legislative primary, Truth Squad finds

    article – 08/02/2012 - 7:45am

    ... resident of the district, with job experience in the private sector, including job-creation experience, in contrast to LaFontaine. ... to tax retirement pensions. Michigan once didn’t tax public-employee pensions at all, and exempted up to $45,000 of individual ...

  10. Rust and the rest: Reinventing cities

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:53am

    ... improvement that included discussions involving citizens, public and private sector, nonprofits, business and labor -- and a focus on the central, but ...

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