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    Minimum Wage Increase in Michigan

    Alison Redick

    One of the hot topics for Michigan’s 2014 gubernatorial election will be a possible increase in minimum wage. Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate, favors a plan to increase minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour. This increase will occur in three increments over a period of three years, and...

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    Minimum Wage Proposal

    Nicholas Campbell

    Opinion Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer proposed on Nov. 18, 2013, his intentions to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 if elected. Charles E. Ramirez, a writer for The Detroit News, told this story in an article titled "Schauer proposes hiking state minimum wage to $9.25 an hour." This initiative...

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    Last Call

    Scott Kiriazis

    Opinion   Supporters are petitioning for the approval of Senate bill No. 856. The bill would allow the sale of alcohol to 4 a.m. in cities with populations over 600,000. This would be certified only for restaurants and bars in central business districts. Detroit is one of the cities fighting for this...

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    Is Snyder's tax plan the best plan for Michigan?

    Marie Hallberg

    Opinion: As many Michiganders, including Governor-elect Rick Snyder, would agree, one of the biggest obstacles facing Michigan businesses is the Michigan Business Tax. Created in 2007, the Michigan Business tax has placed an unnecessary burden on businesses in an already tough economy. Snyder has created a plan that would...

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    Overview: The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation

    Marie Hallberg

    The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) is a government entity located within the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth in the state of Michigan. OFIR is the agency that is responsible for regulating the financial industries in the state through insurance, security, and consumer finance. This...

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    Opinion: Broadband Bill

    Kevin Karkkainen

    The Michigan legislature has not seen a great deal of action in the broadband policy arena. There have been, however, two major bills introduced in the past year that could have important affects Michigan's broadband policy. .

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    Alternative Energy Sources in Michigan

    There have been a lot of recent advancements in alternative energy technology, a lot of them taking place in Michigan.  On September 12, Governor Granholm left on a trip to Japan to try and convince Japanese company executives to invest in Michigan's alternative energy sources.  Michigan is on trach to...

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    Tax Increment Financing: Does it work?

    Tax increment financing (TIF) is a relatively new economic development tool. This tool allows districts to capture the increase on property taxes. Instead of all tax monies going back into the state, the district would be allowed to keep the money that is based on the percent increase. For example...

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    Policy Fellow: Marie Hallberg

    Marie Hallberg is the commerce & regulation correspondent for the Michigan Policy Network and a first-year student at Michigan State University. Currently, she is a no preference major, but is interested in either a teaching or communications degree. Marie is very excited to be attending MSU and anxious to explore the opportunities that are available to her. Marie is originally from Illinois and enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, reading, and being in band. Her career aspirations include a job focused on serving and working with people, possibly in the guest service area. She is very interested in using her experience on the Michigan Policy Network to help better her understanding of the Michigan government and how its policies ultimately affect the citizens of Michigan.