5:17 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Employee pension law still intact despite deleted provisions

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Judges ruled a 2011 law provision that would have made employees hired before April 1997 contribute 4 percent to their pensions or have a 401(K) unconstitutional. Another provision in the law that changed how overtime pay factored in to pensions was also struck down.
LANSING - A Michigan Court of Appeals panel struck down key portions of changes to the state's employee pensions law, but left open the question of whether or not the entire public act was valid.
5:14 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State unemployment up slightly, down compared to last year

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Employment was flat this July yet ten thousand more Michiganders claimed to be unemployed last month. Analysts say that’s because more people were looking for jobs in July.
LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate ticked up to 8.8 percent in July, marking the second consecutive monthly increase as more people entered the job market. The rate rose from 8.7 percent in June and 8.5 percent in May.
3:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jackson lays off 15 employees due to stormwater fee

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This comes as a result of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that declared the city’s stormwater tax illegal.
JACKSON, MI - The city isn't just eliminating services anymore. Fifteen city of Jackson employees will lose their jobs after the Jackson City Council eliminated certain city services in the wake of a court decision that left Jackson without a stormwater utility and the revenue that comes with it.
5:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Alcohol sales can be capped by local governments

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The court decided that, since local zoning laws were mentioned specifically when the Liquor Control Commission was created, local governments should be able to cap alcohol sales.
LANSING -- Local governments can set limits on alcohol sales through zoning regulations, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday. The opinion upheld a Bloomfield Township zoning regulation that set limits on package alcohol sales at gas stations as being permissible under state law.
4:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bill would make teacher evaluations optional

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed that bill Friday, just as Michigan legislators are considering another bill to make student performance the main factor in determining a teacher’s salary.
LANSING -- With state-level workgroup recommendations expected next week on guidelines to evaluate Michigan's teachers, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that would make teacher evaluations optional rather than mandatory. The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness is expected to release its recommendations on a system to assess teacher performance based on student achievement next week.