A new ballot proposal committee is considering over the new few weeks if they will try to put a question on the November ballot to raise Michigan's minimum wage.
State Representative David Rutledge says an increase will help Michigan particularly the Ypsilanti area. Rutledge says it may cost businesses more in salaries, but they will benefit as well through consumers having more money to spend on goods and services.
State Senator Bert Johnson has introduced legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2016, but similar legislation never made it out of committee last session.
Michigan's minimum wage has been $7.40 hourly, since 2008, but for tipped workers has remained at $2.65 since the early 1990's.
Schlissel comes to the U of M from Brown University where he has been provost since July of 2011. Prior to working at Brown, he served as Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California–Berkeley. Schlissel says the health of the university is connected to the community and the entire state of Michigan. He says the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign will be important to maintain the university's high quality programs.
Schlissel says the breadth of academic excellence and the openness and accessibility of a public university made U of M one of the tiny handful of places that would make him consider leaving Brown University. He says academic excellence and diversity are linked. Schlissel says that's because students can learn from other students that look at the world differently.
Schlissel will begin serving on July first, following the official retirement of current president Mary Sue Coleman. He says he will make frequent trips to Ann Arbor over the next several months to learn more about the challenges and opportunities he will face when starting work at Michigan.
Coleman says she's thrilled the regents have chosen another biochemist to serve as president. She says Schlissel will soon see being the President of the University of Michigan is the best job in the world. — Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Michigan has named Dr. Mark Schlissel as the school's 14th President. On a unanimous vote this morning the board chose to hire Brown University Provost, Dr. Mark Schlissel to serve as Mary Sue Coleman's successor.
Schlissel has been Provost at Brown since July of 2011. prior to that post, He served as Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California–Berkeley.
President Mary Sue Coleman announced last year that she would step down when her contract expires this summer. She will leave as Michigan's fourth longest-serving leader. Coleman was hired in 2002 after seven years as president at the University of Iowa. The 70-year-old Coleman also is the university's first female president.
A Brighton Post State Trooper has received his department's Bravery Award for his actions in a potentially fatal situation.
On February 18 2013, Trooper Matthew Keller responded to a report of a break-in, which turned into a vehicle pursuit. The suspect drove onto the yard of a residence, and fled on foot into the home. Inside, the suspect fired at Keller and a fellow officer. The officers returned fire, and Keller fatally wounded the suspect.
First Lieutenent Joel Allen is the Brighton post Commander. He said he is very proud of Keller's quick and decisive action.
Marking its 80th anniversary, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is opening a second location this fall, and is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services to find space in downtown Detroit’s lower Woodward corridor or in Capitol Park near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The original Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened as a sandwich shop in 1933, and began booking jazz pianists the following year.
This week the discussion centers around dispelling the myths of affordable housing. New affordable housing is often equated with being "cheaply built." We didn't have a definitive answer on the subject, so we went looking. We found that quite opposite is true.
Our guest this week builds affordable homes in the Metro Detroit Region; quality and efficiency is what makes them affordable.
Rob Nissly, Housing Director for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley will discuss the connection between reigning in energy costs and homeownership for lower income residents of Washtenaw County.
State lawmakers return to Lansing this week with Governor Rick Snyder’s policy goals for 2014 in hand. But few are optimistic they’ll be able to pass legislation to boost road and infrastructure funding before the November election.
Snyder renews call for “civility” in MLK Day address
By Rick Pluta
Governor Rick Snyder used a Martin Luther King Day speech to call for more public civility. His remarks come as a state Republican leader continues to roil his party with comments about gay people and Muslims.
Ann Arbor Public Schools planned to borrow money up to three times during the school year to address cash flow issues caused by a smaller fund balance than in previous years. The district has now made it through two of the three months that were most likely to require borrowing without needing to seek outside cash.
Chief Financial Officer Nancy Hoover says the planned use of $1.7 million in fund balance this school year, means they may still need to borrow money in June.
Hoover adds, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District helped the district avoid the need to borrow money in December by making a bill for transportation services not due until this month. The city of Ann Arbor also helped the district avoid the need for borrowing in December by quickly remitting some of the taxes they collect for the district.
Hoover says the district's budget included spending $200,000 in interest payments which most of these have now been avoided.
Governor Rick Snyder issued his 2014 State of the State Address Thursday, January 17, 2014 and 89.1 WEMU carried it live as a partnership with Michigan Public Radio Network. This is their coverage of the event and the Democratic response.
An opportunity to hear Henry Belafonte's work first hand at the Ross School of Business keynote lecture during the University of Michigan’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. in Hill Auditorium.
Harry Belafonte isn't just known in the entertainment world as the Grammy-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning artist behind joyous calypso melodies like "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)." He is equally respected for his dedication to social justice, particularly as an advocate of civil rights and humanitarian issues. You'll have an opportunity to...
Hoving also says that the disease Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, found in white tailed deer, is more common thanks to longer summers and warmer winters.
From the report:
Nowhere to Run takes a comprehensive look at the best available science on climate change’s impacts on big game, covering moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and black bears. The most significant effects include:
Heat: Moose can become heat-stressed in warm weather, especially in summer if temperatures climb above 60 to70 degrees when moose coats are thinner. Heat stress leads to lower weights, declining pregnancy rates and increased vulnerability to predators and disease. Because of warmer fall and winter temperatures, black bears are already more active than usual during times when they normally conserve energy through hibernation, pushing fat stores to the limit.
Drought: More droughts have reduced aspen forests in the west, a favorite elk habitat, and many elk are not migrating as much as they traditionally have. Increasing periods of drought, more invasive plants and wildfires will alter sagebrush and grassland ecosystems, favored pronghorn habitats.
Parasites and disease: With less snowpack to kill ticks, moose in New Hampshire are literally being eaten alive, losing so much blood to ticks that they die of anemia. White-tailed deer are susceptible to hemorrhagic disease caused by viruses transmitted by biting midges
Nowhere to Run outlines the key steps needed to stem climate change and save big game:
Address the underlying cause and cut carbon pollution 50 percent by 2030.
Transition to cleaner, more secure sources of energy like offshore wind, solar power and next-generation biofuels and avoid polluting energy like coal and tar sands oil.
Safeguard wildlife and their habitats by promoting climate-smart approaches to conservation.
Factor a changing climate in big game plans and management.
Read the report at NWF.org/Sportsmen. Nowhere to Run is the latest in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2013 Wildlife in a Warming World series:
Sustaining our food future through aquaculture. Jim Diana is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Legislation designed to give consolidating school districts in Michigan three years in which they don't have to worry about competition from new charter schools will not be considered this year. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
A state environmental group is out with a report that for the first time equates the amount of wind energy produced in Michigan to the amount of greenhouse gasses it displaced. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.