SW Michigan

8:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Bolger Wants Contribution From Unions for Detroit "Grand Bargain"

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In interview, House Speaker from Marshall says other parties are at table, unions need to be there too
Dome: "Where did the idea of Unions contributing to the pension bailout come from?"Speaker Bolger: "Last week I restated my longstanding request that the unions join us at the table to help resolve the bankruptcy in Detroit. I am limited somewhat by what I can talk about from private conversations.
7:15 am
Fri April 25, 2014

County Roads Group Says More Than $2-Billion Needed for Michigan Road Repair

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Governor Snyder has proposed higher vehicle registration fees and fuel taxes, but says he's open to other ideas
Lansing The County Road Association of Michigan said Thursday the state needs at least $2.1 billion in additional road funding nearly $1 billion more than Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed to adequately cover repairs on state and local roads.
6:45 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Benton Harbor Activist Charged With Election Fraud in Effort to Recall Mayor

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Election is scheduled for May 6th
BENTON HARBOR - Activist Edward Pinkney has been charged with five counts of election forgery in the effort to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower, authorities reported Thursday. Pinkney, 65, had not been arrested by late Thursday because law enforcement can't find him, Sheriff Paul Bailey said.
6:33 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Jobless Rates Down in Most Counties for Month and Year

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Kalamazoo County's seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was 7%, compared to 7.8% in March of last year
LANSING, MI - Unemployment fell in West Michigan in March, reflecting a statewide trend in which the number of jobless claims fell while total employment rose, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Unemployment fell to 6.0 percent in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming and the Holland - Grand Haven metropolitan areas, the agency reported on Thursday, April 24.
6:27 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Unemployment Down in Calhoun County

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Payroll job growth was flat in March
Calhoun County unemployment improved last month as the area saw job gains in construction and educational and health services, according to state data released Thursday. The Bureau of Labor Market Information reported a 7 percent jobless rate for the county in March, down from 7.4 percent in February.

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