President Obama Working Overtime

The Administration is expected to announce new rules within the next month about who qualifies for overtime pay. It affects workers who work more than 40 hours a week. Under the current rules, workers who are paid by the hour or earn a salary of less than $23,660 are generally eligible for overtime pay, while […]

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For or Against Prevailing Wages?

Michigan is a prevailing wage state. As such, all building contractors who are building projects funded with state dollars pay its workers a prevailing wage, defined as union scale wages and benefits. There is a controversy now as the state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement. Opponents to the prevailing […]

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Is There Accountability in the Federal Government?

“Is There Accountability in the Federal Government?” Last year we heard about the issues in the VA health care system and the tragedy in Benghazi. Earlier this year it was the use of a private server by the Secretary of State, in violation of policy, and the hack of the IRS exposing the returns of […]

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How to Make a Billionaire

Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multi-billion dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he has built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Is his model of public private financing the future for the US to support long shot […]

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Amtrak: The Human and Political Tragedy

A couple weeks ago there was a terrible Amtrak derailment that left 8 people dead and hundreds injured. The train hit a curve at twice the 50mph speed limit and of course this tragedy has become political. There was an immediate call for more infrastructure spending and blame focused on the Republicans for cutting appropriations […]

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Is Free Trade Really Free?

President Obama has been promoting fast track authorization to conclude a pending trade agreement among 12 Pacific nations. In general, Republicans have favored free trade and Democrats have opposed it. The bill was to move forward as a so-called “clean bill” without amendments or other provisions. Now however, both the Republicans and Democrats have been […]

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A College Education and Bankruptcy

You might ask how those two seemingly different issues could be combined. We all have heard about the massive college student loans that have been amassed and the implications for students. Now there is a new move in the courts to claw back tuition from universities for those parents who have filed for Chapter 7 […]

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Something for Everyone…Continued

The vote on Proposal 1 is Tuesday, May 5 and voters will be faced with the choice as to whether or not to raise the sales tax from 6% to 7%. The revenue from the increase is said to be for the roads. Last week we examined the details of the road funding measure. But […]

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Proposal 1: Something for Everyone

Michigan roads are bad and getting worse, but voters will decide whether Proposal 1 and its $1.9 billion price tag is the right fix as they go to the polls on May 5th. But is the proposed increase of the sales tax from 6% to 7% really just for the roads?

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Turn the Lights Off If Nobody’s Home

Changes in how people are getting their electricity and the approaching closure of several coal-fired plants are leading Michigan’s energy providers to question the stability of our electrical capacity. You may have seen the television ads advancing the possibility of power shortages. Will rolling blackouts become common? Are we headed for an energy crisis? Is […]

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