Last week, conservative lawmakers who regularly promise voters that they’re “creating a smaller, smarter state government” did the exact opposite and expanded government reach. The administration passed legislation allowing oil corporations to force private property owners to give them legal rights to their land in order to place carbon dioxide pipelines on their property, or be forced to go to court. The legislation also gives more tax breaks to oil companies.
Today, as part of the National Week of Action, 12 state legislators are participating in a Blog Carnival sponsored by MomsRising. State legislators from across the country are blogging about economic security issues important to America's working. From Arizona to Massachusetts, state legislators are taking action on the need to guarantee paid family leave and earned sick days, as well as raise the minimum wage.
Today is Equal Pay Day, symbolizing the day that a woman working full time will have made as much as a man made the year before. That’s right, it takes women 100 additional days of work to make up for the 23% pay gap that exists for equal work.
State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) today announced that she will take the minimum wage challenge and shop for a week’s worth of groceries while only spending $42. The Economic Policy Institute’s family budget calculator factors in rent and other expenses a minimum wage worker encounters to arrive at the $42 a week grocery budget. Tlaib will take her $42 and shop for groceries on Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Foods, 1565 E. Lafayette St. in Detroit.
Today, Governor Rick Snyder was challenged to explain why he protected and doubled a contract that benefitted his cousin, while at the same time he was cutting education funds and taxing pensions – a fair question.
The Governor’s response has me scratching my head:
The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter is seeking summer 2014 interns in the Greater Traverse City area to join our Beyond Coal Campaign team. This hard-hitting campaign is a grassroots movement to move the country beyond coal and towards healthy air and a clean energy future. This state-wide effort is a part of our groundbreaking Beyond Coal campaign, a national grassroots effort to eliminate coal’s contribution to climate disruption no later than 2030 and replace the existing coal infrastructure with a clean energy economy fueled by clean renewable energy.
Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of “This Week in Progress” — or TWIP for you cooler kids out there.
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I’ve been fielding questions about Judge Bernard Friedman’s historic ruling recognizing that allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of fundamental freedoms, economic security and family values. read more
You might recall last year that when Governor Rick Snyder was asked about raising Michigan’s minimum wage — he said that it wasn’t a “burning issue.”
Our elected leaders in Michigan have said they will not act on behalf of hardworking Michiganders who deserve a raise. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of minimum wage workers across Michigan struggle every day to put food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads.