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Bergman Supports Soleimani Attack

First District U.S. Representative Jack Bergman says killing Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was the right thing to do. In a statement released on his Facebook page, the Watersmeet Republican said Soleimani was responsible for over 600 American deaths, and was planning additional attacks. Bergman is a retired Marine Corps …

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U.P. Unemployment Rate Rises

The resolution of the General Motors strike helped Michigan’s unemployment rate fall a bit in November. The seasonally unadjusted rate dropped from 3.5 percent in October to 3.2 percent in November. The Upper Peninsula did not fare so well, as the rate rose from 3.6 percent to 4.2 percent. The …

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Finlandia’s Johnson Applauds Tuition Grant Restoration

Some private college students across Michigan can breathe easier, now that the Michigan Tuition Grant has been reinstated.  In fact, students with financial need who attend Michigan’s private colleges will get more money under the supplemental budget agreement signed last month by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The tuition grant traditionally awarded …

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Slow Economic Growth Predicted for Michigan

Michigan’s economy is expected to slow a bit over the next three years. The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency’s latest Economic Outlook and Budget Review is projecting growth of 1.8 percent this year, 1.7 percent next year, and 1.5 percent in 2022. That’s down from a 2.9 percent increase last year. …

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Michigan’s Population Edges Upward

Michigan’s population grew slightly last year, but remains shy of the all-time record. Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau place the number of people who live in the state at 9,986,857. That’s a slim 2,785 increase over 2018. Michigan’s population peaked in 2004 at just over 10 million. It …

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Michigan Minimum Wage Raised

Miminum wage workers in Michigan will see an increase in their next paychecks. On Wednesday, Michigan’s minimum hourly standard rose to $9.65 per hour. The base pay for tipped workers – such as restaurant wait staff – rose to $3.67 per hour.  In 2018, a citizen initiative to increase the …

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