minimum wage http://michiganradio.org en Sights and sounds from President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/sights-and-sounds-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor <p>President Barack Obama spoke on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today. His speech focused on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.</p><p>Here's the text of his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/02/remarks-president-minimum-wage-ann-arbor-mi">speech</a>, and you can watch it <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor">here</a>.</p><p>And you can listen below to hear how the speech wrapped up:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142743799&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Click on the slideshow above to see some of the images captured during his speech.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Mark Brush 17080 at http://michiganradio.org Sights and sounds from President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor Zingerman's co-founder talks about why raising the minimum wage matters http://michiganradio.org/post/zingermans-co-founder-talks-about-why-raising-minimum-wage-matters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama was in Ann Arbor today, pushing the Fair Minimum Wage Act.</span></p><p>That’s the bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. Senate Democrats are planning votes on a bill, but Republicans are working to block it.</p><p>Back here in Michigan, the minimum wage is $7.40 an hour – though groups are working to gather petition signatures to boost the state's minimum wage.</p><p>But can a state that is still recovering from a terrible recession weather a 36% hike in the minimum wage?</p><p>Paul Saginaw is co-founder of Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor. He has been pushing to increase the minimum wage and he is already committed to paying Zingerman's workers above the minimum wage.</p><p>We talk to Saginaw about the president's push for raising the minimum wage.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:21:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 17073 at http://michiganradio.org Zingerman's co-founder talks about why raising the minimum wage matters Watch President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor <p>President Obama is in Ann Arbor on the campus of the University of Michigan today to give a speech on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can watch his speech below (or you can follow this </span><a href="http://youtu.be/qpDn6BAu4_g" style="line-height: 1.5;">link</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">):</span></p><p>http://youtu.be/qpDn6BAu4_g</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:48:54 +0000 Mark Brush 17078 at http://michiganradio.org Watch President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-stops-zingermans-ann-arbor <p>President Obama was in Ann Arbor today to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor?nopop=1">give a speech</a> on raising the federal minimum wage. Prior to the speech, Mr. Obama stopped at Zingerman's Delicatessen&nbsp;and ordered a Reuben sandwich.&nbsp;</p><p>From the White House pool report:</p><blockquote><p>POTUS and motorcade stopped at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor just before 1:30 p.m.&nbsp;With his suit coat off and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters by his side, the president ordered a Reuben sandwich.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:35:22 +0000 Mark Brush 17077 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-ann-arbor-today-calling-minimum-wage-increase <p>A minimum wage increase is something President Obama has been calling for since he was a candidate.</p><p><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/as-candidate-obama-promised-to-raise-the-minimum">Buzzfeed </a>has a whole collection of "I'm going to raise the minimum wage" videos from campaign stops Obama made in 2008.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's one of them:</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:28:50 +0000 Mark Brush 17076 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-51 <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-be-weaker-washington-we-ve-been-ages"> the impact of a fourth member of the state's congressional delegation who won't seek re-election</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-goes-effect-today">Medicaid expansion</a>, President Obama's trip to Michigan to talk about the minimum wage, and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-turns-heat-detroit-pensioners-they-push-back">Detroit's latest plan for bankruptcy</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:24:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17071 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Students wait for tickets to see President Obama speak in Ann Arbor tomorrow http://michiganradio.org/post/students-wait-tickets-see-president-obama-speak-ann-arbor-tomorrow <p>President Obama will fly to Michigan tomorrow aboard Air Force One. He's scheduled to deliver a speech on raising the national minimum wage at around 3 p.m. on the campus of the University of Michigan in the Intramural Sports Building.</p><p>The event is open to those with tickets and the media.</p><p>Students on the campus of the University of Michigan started lining up last night for tickets. They had to wait overnight with their sleeping bags as the Michigan Union just started distributing tickets at 9 a.m. this morning.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/03/michigan_students_line_up_and.html">MLive's Ben Freed</a> spoke with students in line last night who told him that seeing the president speak is a "pretty unique opportunity." Janie Brown, Freed writes, was one of the first in line:</p><blockquote><p>“I came down here to get food at about four and then I decided to just set up out here so that I wouldn’t get shafted and not get a ticket,” [Brown said]...&nbsp;</p><p>“The last thing I waited this long for was the midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie. I showed up more than 15 hours early for that and I was in full costume,” she said.</p><p>“But that was in daylight, and for a Harry Potter movie. Hopefully this is a bit more impressive.”</p></blockquote><p>The president's last visit to Michigan was on Feb. 7, 2014 when he signed the Farm Bill into law on the campus of Michigan State University. This will be Obama's third trip to U of M while president. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/04/no_sitting_president_has_frequ.html">The Ann Arbor News' Kellie Woodhouse</a>&nbsp;points out that no other president has visited more while in office.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:25:52 +0000 Mark Brush 17054 at http://michiganradio.org Students wait for tickets to see President Obama speak in Ann Arbor tomorrow 'Wage erosion' is shrinking paychecks in Michigan, but is hiking the minimum wage the solution? http://michiganradio.org/post/wage-erosion-shrinking-paychecks-michigan-hiking-minimum-wage-solution <p>Michigan’s poorest workers have seen their paychecks shrink as the economy has grown.</p><p>A new study claims Michigan workers in the lowest-earning 20% of the workforce are now earning about 55&nbsp;cents an hour less than they did in 2009, when adjusted for inflation.</p><p>Doug Hall authored the study for the <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/wage-workers-experienced-wage-erosion-state/">Economic Policy Institute</a>,&nbsp;a left-leaning Washington D.C. think tank.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16541 at http://michiganradio.org 'Wage erosion' is shrinking paychecks in Michigan, but is hiking the minimum wage the solution? To raise or not to raise the minimum wage? http://michiganradio.org/post/raise-or-not-raise-minimum-wage <p></p><p>It's a question Michigan voters may have to answer this November.</p><p>The Board of State Canvassers yesterday approved petition language put forward by Raise Michigan, a coalition that wants to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, and also index the minimum wage to inflation.</p><p>To get the question on the November ballot, it needs to collect 258,000 signatures by May 28.</p><p>Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants spoke with All Things Considered Host, Jennifer White.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:10:19 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16533 at http://michiganradio.org To raise or not to raise the minimum wage? Minimum wage campaign begins collecting names http://michiganradio.org/post/minimum-wage-campaign-begins-collecting-names <p>The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage will now begin collecting signatures.</p><p></p><p>A state panel gave the petition campaign the OK to go ahead. The Board of State Canvassers said the petition complies with the law, and now the campaign has until mid-May to collect 258,000 valid signatures. That would put the question to the Legislature. If lawmakers don’t adopt it, then it would go on the November ballot.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:22:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 16522 at http://michiganradio.org Minimum wage campaign begins collecting names Lessenberry talks potholes, minimum wage, Detroit bankuptcy and same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-potholes-minimum-wage-detroit-bankuptcy-and-same-sex-marriage <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-road-funding-could-be-coming-after-nasty-winter"> money to help fix potholes</a>, an effort to raise the minimum wage, the possible release of Detroit’s bankruptcy plan, and the upcoming trial <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-same-sex-marriage-continues">challenging gay marriage in Michigan</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:28:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16505 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks potholes, minimum wage, Detroit bankuptcy and same-sex marriage In this morning's headlines: Minimum wage, Belle Isle, Saginaw schools http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-minimum-wage-belle-isle-saginaw-schools <p><strong>Group files petition today to bump minimum wage to $9.50</strong></p><p>"The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage has settled on a target of $9.50 an hour. The group expects to file its petition language later today with state elections officials," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Belle Isle becomes a state park</strong></p><p>Detroit's Belle Isle park becomes Michigan's newest state park today.</p><p>"The state is taking over the city-owned park under a lease deal with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. [The move is] expected to save the bankrupt city between $4 million and $6 million a year," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Saginaw school board continues to negotiate deficit elimination plan</strong></p><p>"Saginaw school board members will try again tomorrow to hash out a deficit elimination plan. Last week school board members met three times to discuss a plan to trim the district’s multi-million dollar deficit. The plan included layoffs and school closings," Steve Carmody<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-members-will-try-again-week-craft-deficit-elimination-plan"> reports. </a></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:38:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16372 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Minimum wage, Belle Isle, Saginaw schools Just how many ballot questions will you be voting on in November? Good question... http://michiganradio.org/post/just-how-many-ballot-questions-will-you-be-voting-november-good-question <p>In 270 days – come Election Day 2014 – it’s not just candidates you’ll be voting for, there are likely to be plenty of ballot questions, too. And, much like 2012, when there were half a dozen ballot questions, we might just see a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/get-your-tickets-ballotpalooza-coming-michigan-nov-6">repeat of Ballot-o-palooza</a>.</p><p>Ballot questions can sometimes get people who might not be super-invested in voting for a candidate to actually <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/will-michigans-ballot-proposals-get-out-vote-november">get out and vote for a particular issue</a>. For example, 2004, when a slew of anti-gay marriage ballot proposals may very well have helped George W. Bush win reelection.</p><p>But it’s not easy to get ballot questions passed. Voters tend to shy away from passing new laws via ballot. In fact, if you don’t start out with more than a 60% approval of your question, the chances are you won’t win come Election Day.</p><p>In 2012, <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/press.php?prId=172">$154 million dollars were spent</a> on ballot questions and yet all six were defeated.</p><p>Which raises the issue: Money spent on ballot questions is often money that would otherwise be spent on other campaigns. Thus, the decision to go to the ballot with a certain issue raises lots of questions: Is it the best use of money, personnel, volunteers? How will it affect turnout – that’s if it affects turnout at all.</p><p>What will this year’s dynamic be?</p><p>Well, look for news early next week on the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/dems-try-leverage-minimum-wage-maximum-political-benefit">minimum wage ballot drive</a> that would initiate a law raising Michigan’s minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10 an hour. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:47:45 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16354 at http://michiganradio.org Just how many ballot questions will you be voting on in November? Good question... One group strongly opposes raising the minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/one-group-strongly-opposes-raising-minimum-wage <div></div><div>President Obama is expected to talk about raising the federal minimum wage in his State of the Union address tonight.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Across Michigan, there’s also increasing focus on raising the minimum wage for the first time since 2008.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Raise Michigan campaign is working to get an initiative on the ballot that would raise the minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10.10 per hour. But the Michigan Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes raising the minimum wage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Joining us to explain why is Wendy Block, director of health policy in human&nbsp;resources at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We also spoke with Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard.</div><div> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16220 at http://michiganradio.org One group strongly opposes raising the minimum wage Why Michigan's Democratic leaders aren't happy with a minimum-wage ballot campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/why-michigans-democratic-leaders-arent-happy-minimum-wage-ballot-campaign <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">There’s a new group called the Economic Justice Coalition which is seriously considering trying to get a proposal on the ballot to raise the minimum wage in Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">You might think that would make Democrats happy. Their gubernatorial candidate, Mark Schauer, came out in favor of a minimum wage hike two months ago.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">But Democratic leaders aren’t thrilled with a ballot campaign, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute. Now, it’s not that they don’t want a higher minimum wage.Virtually all of them do.&nbsp;Schauer said if elected, he would try to raise Michigan’s from the present $7.40 an hour to $9.25 an hour over three years.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:41:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16205 at http://michiganradio.org Why Michigan's Democratic leaders aren't happy with a minimum-wage ballot campaign Michigan fast-food workers demand $15 dollars an hour http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-fast-food-workers-demand-15-dollars-hour <p><a href="http://detroit15.org/">Fast-food workers </a>in Flint, Detroit, Pontiac, Lansing and other Michigan cities hit the picket lines today.</p><p>They are demanding a big increase in the minimum wage.</p><p>In Lansing, a small group of protesters chanted and waved signs outside a Pizza Hut. &nbsp;</p><p>Tina Ervin has worked at the pizza joint for the past year. She says she’s having a hard time supporting herself and her three children on $7.40 an hour. Ervin is hopeful the national campaign to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will succeed.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:56:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 15553 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan fast-food workers demand $15 dollars an hour Protesters target Walmart in suburban Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-target-walmart-suburban-detroit <p>Protesters called for higher wages and better working conditions for Walmart employees at <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/29/news/economy/walmart-black-friday/">stores around the country Friday</a>, including one store in suburban Detroit.</p><p>Store managers and security met the protesters as they marched to the entrance to the Sterling Heights Walmart.</p><p>They were blocked from going in—but did hand over petitions protesting Walmart’s treatment of its workers. Police also arrived, but the protesters left peacefully.</p> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 02:02:52 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15490 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters target Walmart in suburban Detroit Dems cry foul over pay raises for state's investment managers http://michiganradio.org/post/dems-cry-foul-over-pay-raises-states-investment-managers <p>This week, on our tryptophan recovery edition of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/its-just-politics"><em>It’s Just Politics</em></a>, we’re talking money: salaries, wages, and how they’re becoming an issue in the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/election-2014">campaign for governor</a>.</p><p>Last week, gubernatorial-hopeful and former Democratic Congressman <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mark-schauer">Mark Schauer</a>, called for an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/dems-try-leverage-minimum-wage-maximum-political-benefit">increase in the state minimum wage</a>. Schauer wants to increase the rate to $9.25 an hour over three years.</p><p>And, like we talked about <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/dems-try-leverage-minimum-wage-maximum-political-benefit">last week</a> - this is a subtle twist, not just hammering Governor <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> over his support for a pension tax, and school funding, but trying to give voters something to <em>support</em>, not just be against.</p><p>But giving voters things to be against is still an important part of any campaign narrative, and this week, for Democrats and Mark Schauer it was all about serendipity; a nexus of timing and opportunity. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:08:49 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 15483 at http://michiganradio.org Dems cry foul over pay raises for state's investment managers Dems try to leverage minimum wage for maximum political benefit http://michiganradio.org/post/dems-try-leverage-minimum-wage-maximum-political-benefit <p>Putative Democratic gubernatorial candidate <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mark-schauer">Mark Schauer</a> rolled out <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-raising-minimum-wage-would-be-top-priority-if-elected-governor">his proposal</a> this week to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25 over three years; which, as of right now, would make it one of the highest state-mandated minimum wage in the nation.</p><p>That’s sparked a debate over the efficacy of the minimum wage – does it encourage prosperity by pushing more money into the economy? Or does it stifle hiring and job creation?</p><p>But we’re here to discuss the red meat politics of the minimum wage. Mark Schauer’s announcement sets the stage for a classic class warfare throw down. So, instead of diving too deep into the policy side, let’s take on the political calculation that’s part of choosing that number of $9.25.</p><p>Polling shows <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/165794/americans-raising-minimum-wage.aspx">big support nationally</a> for a minimum wage of $9 an hour. There is some Michigan public opinion research that’s not quite as reliable, but still suggests it’s about the same - about 70 percent favor it.</p><p>But that support plummets as the suggested minimum wage goes up, especially above $10 dollars an hour. This shows the risk in using the minimum wage as a political wedge. To a point, it has populist appeal, but people still fear the consequences of setting wage floors. So the key is to find the sweet spot, and Mark Schauer seems to have settled on $9.25. (He says the policy-side reason is that number will make up for the erosion of its buying power over the last four decades.)</p><p>Which brings us to the next question: why now? Why not keep beating the Democratic drums - pension tax, school cuts, with a little right-to-work thrown in just to fire up the base.</p><p>The answer: Because the base<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-are-democrats-willing-give-order-get-out-vote"> isn’t fired up</a>. And the most recent polling shows Rick Snyder expanding his lead over Schauer. No matter how much Democrats may dislike what they’re seeing in Lansing, a lot of them are still not warming up to Mark Schauer, who is low-key, to say the least.</p><p>The minimum wage is supposed to be a jolt to try to put some electricity into his campaign. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:32:19 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 15405 at http://michiganradio.org Dems try to leverage minimum wage for maximum political benefit Lessenberry talks minimum wage, issue ads and Detroit Public Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-minimum-wage-issue-ads-and-detroit-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Week in Michigan Politics </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Christina Shockley and Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discuss Mark </span>Schauer’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposal to </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-raising-minimum-wage-would-be-top-priority-if-elected-governor" style="line-height: 1.5;">raise the minimum wage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the political </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/disclosing-names-issue-ad-donors-wedge-within-mi-gop" style="line-height: 1.5;">drama over issue ads</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and the state of </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-leave-federal-oversight-gain-incremental-independence" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Public Schools</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:07:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15357 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks minimum wage, issue ads and Detroit Public Schools