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Lt. Governor Launches Going PRO

May 24, 2019

On Monday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist launched the Going PRO campaign to promote the importance of professional trade careers with the aim of addressing the state’s high-skilled labor shortage. It’s estimated that through 2026 Michigan employers will need to fill 545,000 skilled-labor jobs. Michigan businesses have been vocal over the past few years about the […]

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Tax Credit for Hiring Unemployed Workers

Feb 15, 2019

Small businesses that hire an employee who has been out of work for 60 days or more would be eligible for a tax credit under legislation introduced this week. Bill sponsor, Representative Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) believe the tax credit would help tackle unemployment by incentivizing businesses to seek workers who have been unsuccessful in long-term […]

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Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Changes Headed to the Governor

Dec 07, 2018

This week the House passed, and the Senate approved, changes to Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick time laws. The two citizens’ initiatives were headed for the ballot when the legislature voted to approve of both earlier this fall. If they hadn’t acted the two initiatives would have been placed on the General Election ballot. […]

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Senate Amends Minimum Wage Proposal

Nov 30, 2018

This week the Senate voted to make changes to the state’s minimum wage. In September, the House and Senate voted to approve of two citizen’s initiatives; one of them being an increase to the state’s minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped employees. “Because the Senate voted to adopt the measure they only needed a […]

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Sick Time Leave Changed by the Senate

Nov 30, 2018

On Wednesday, the Senate voted to amend the recently passed sick time leave laws in Michigan. The original change was initiated by a citizen’s initiative to expand the state’s sick time leave laws. In September, the House and Senate voted to approve of the initiative. The citizen’s initiative, as approved by the legislature, created the […]

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Legislature Approves Citizen’s Initiatives

Sep 07, 2018

On Wednesday, the House and Senate voted to approve two citizens’ initiatives effecting Michigan workers and businesses. “Both are now state law because a citizen initiative requires the approval of a majority of legislators elected and serving, or the approval of a majority of Michigan residents if it is on the ballot.  It does not […]

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House Democratic Caucus Announces Jobs & Neighborhood Reforms

Jul 13, 2018

This week, members of the House Democratic caucus unveiled their proposal to create good jobs and foster neighborhood business growth. Named the “Neighborhood Businesses, Neighborhood Growth” initiative, the plan would: Create a small business and entrepreneurship services office to facilitate the creation and retention of small business jobs in the state. Urge the governor and […]

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Medicaid Work Requirement Passes

Jun 08, 2018

This week, the House passed controversial legislation creating a work requirement for some Michigan residents receiving Medicaid. Under the proposal, beginning in 2020 an able-bodied adult would need to be employed, preparing for a job, or engaging in community service for at least 80 hours per month to retain Medicaid coverage. The requirement generally would […]

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