Congressman Gary Peters has filed petition signatures to put his name on the ballot. Peters is a Democrat running to succeed retiring US Senator Carl Levin. Peters’ support for the federal healthcare law has been an issue in the campaign. Peters says that’s OK with him. Read more→
Governor Rick Snyder has filed 26 thousand petition signatures to put his name on the Republican primary ballot in August, and – if all goes as planned – make him a candidate for reelection in November. Read more→
Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to seven and a half percent.
It marks the seventh month in a row the rate has declined, and its lowest point since April of 2008.
The jobless rate is a little more than one percent below where it was a year ago, and outpaced the improvement in the national rate over the same period.
Over the past 12 months, employment grew in the manufacturing, high-tech, and hotel-and-restaurant sectors.
There were job losses in the government and financial sectors.
The overall drop in statistical unemployment in Michigan has been slowed somewhat by people re-joining the workforce to compete for jobs.
Also, when people who have stopped looking for work, as well as part-time workers who’d like to be full-time, are added the mix, Michigan’s rate of unemployment and under-employment is 15-point-two percent.
The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, they say Michigan has to recognize their marriages while a court decision is under appeal. Read more→
State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban. Read more→