Vicki Barnett http://michiganradio.org en Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmaker-wants-raise-state-sales-tax-help-students-pay-college <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Many Michigan students would pay little to no money for in-state college tuition under a proposal in Lansing. State Representative Vicki Barnett&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">(D-Farmington Hills)&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">wants to raise the state’s sales tax by one percent to pay for the plan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Barnett talked about the proposal on the Michigan Public Television program “Off the Record.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“People are recognizing that we need to find a way to make sure that all of our kids who graduate high school who want to go on and get a higher educational degree have the opportunity to do so without having the weight and burden of student loans carrying them down,” Barnett said.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Besides helping students gain access to higher education, she says it would also help attract employers.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:14:30 +0000 Jake Neher 13826 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college Michigan House approves workers compensation overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-approves-workers-compensation-overhaul <p>The state House has approved an overhaul of Michigan&rsquo;s worker-compensation system. That system is supposed to pay benefits to people injured on the job.</p><p>Business groups and Republicans say an overhaul of the system is needed to reduce insurance rates paid by employers, and get people back to work more quickly &ndash; even if it&rsquo;s a job that pays less.</p><p>They say a leaner and less-expensive system is still needed to make the state more employer-friendly.</p><p>Representative Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford) sponsored the bill.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not talking about someone driving 50 miles looking for a lawn-mowing job. But we do ask, if you&rsquo;re on work comp that if you&rsquo;re able to go back even in a marginal job to get back on some earning capacity to go ahead and do it,&rdquo; said Jacobsen.</p><p>State Representative Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) opposed the overhaul.</p><p>She says it will reduce benefits for injured workers and force some of them to take lower-paying jobs before they are fully healed:</p><p>&ldquo;What we do here matters to people and to families every day. This particular bill will be hurting families, workers, and the very people we came here to protect,&rdquo; said Barnett.</p><p>Democrats also say the changes are not needed because Michigan&rsquo;s unemployment coverage rates have gone down in 12 of the past 16 years.</p><p>They say the changes could become harder for employees to file claims or receive benefits they deserve. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 21:06:39 +0000 Rick Pluta 4819 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House approves workers compensation overhaul