SW Michigan

7:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Galesburg-Augusta School Board Rejects Teacher Contract

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Teachers ratified the contract April 25th
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
GALESBURG, MI -- After a three-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday, the Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools Board of Education voted 6-1 to reject a tentative agreement with its teachers' union. "It's insane," said Eric Curtiss, president of the Galesburg-Augusta Education Association. which represents the district's 70 teachers.
6:46 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Driver Responsibility Fees Could be Phased Out in Michigan

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Fees were passed in 2004 to help Michigan fill a hole in its budget
LANSING - They're hated by judges, drivers and legislators and now expensive driver responsibility fees may be on the way out of Michigan's law books. The House Appropriations committee voted unanimously today to phase out the fees by 2018, moving the issue to the full House of Representatives.
6:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Former State Treasurer Working for Firm on Detroit Bankruptcy

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Michigan ethics laws don't prohibit government officers from doing work with private businesses they had dealings with in public sector
Lansing The co-founder of a company with a $19 million contract to fix Detroits bureaucracy said Wednesday he would have been an idiot not to hire former state Treasurer Andy Dillon. Van Conway, CEO of Conway MacKenzie, denied Dillons contract work for the firm was influenced by the former treasurers role in getting the company work with the city while Dillon was overseeing Detroits financial crisis.
6:29 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly in April

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Labor force grew by 11,000 last month
LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate declined for the eighth consecutive month to 7.4 percent in April. That's down from 7.5 percent in March and 8.8 percent in April 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
6:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Uption Says Republicans Now Focused on "Fixing," Rather Than Repealing Obamacare

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Republican says health savings accounts and insurance plans for small business are possible proposals
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Republican Congressman Fred Upton, an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, acknowledged Tuesday that the law is unlikely to be repealed as long as Barack Obama is president.

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