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Michigan lawmakers, regulators poised to choke out electricity choice

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Federal government, General, Michigan, News, Ohio, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

CHARGED UP: Same regulatory mistakes could doom all electricity choice in Michigan

“Of course [AEP] will sit there and say, ‘Oh yeah, you can shop around for electricity,’” he said. “But what they did was increased the transmission rates that they charge competitors to use their lines so significantly that they can’t be competitive.”

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At Social Security office, ‘They make life a living hell’

By   /  November 22, 2016  /  Federal Government, Michigan, News, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“It was a nightmare the whole time I was there.”

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EAA schools to be returned to Detroit district

By   /  November 10, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority schools will be returned to the Detroit Public Schools Community District, along with a $2.25 million payment towards its debt, by July 1.

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Flint water case offers new spin on state use of outside counsel

By   /  November 4, 2016  /  General, Michigan, Mississippi, National, News, Oregon, Power Abuse, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Dictionary Series - Politics: attorney general

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has uncovered more than bureaucratic negligence and cover-up. Ensuing legal action has highlighted a case of an oft-used — and frequently abused — practice: outsourcing government legal work to private lawyers. Despite supporters’ claims that offloading work onto outside counsel might be more efficient and less expensive, there’s evidence […]

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Detroit graduation rates are up, but does that mean kids are learning?

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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As higher graduation rates are celebrated in Detroit, there are those who wonder if that correlates to better-educated kids. In 2010-11, the district had a graduation rate of 59.7 percent. In the 2014-15 school year, that number rose to 77.4 percent. “We are graduating kids who are illiterate and who can’t read their diploma,” said Gary […]

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Memo: College football players are employees

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Education, Federal Government, Labor, Michigan, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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When the Northwestern University football team visits Michigan State this Saturday, the Wildcats will step onto the field not as student-athletes, but as employees. At least that’s how they’re seen by the National Labor Relations Board.

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