Fred Durhal http://michiganradio.org en Group says Michigan business owners oppose 'Ban the Box' bill http://michiganradio.org/post/group-says-michigan-business-owners-oppose-ban-box-bill <p>A new poll shows Michigan business owners strongly oppose legislation to prevent them from including a question about criminal convictions on job applications.</p><p></p><p>88% of Michigan business owners polled by the National Federation of Independent Business say they oppose the ‘Ban the Box’ bill.</p><p></p><p>Charlie Owens is the NFIB state director. He says it doesn’t make sense to wait until a job offer is made before being able to do a criminal background check.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:20:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 17177 at http://michiganradio.org Group says Michigan business owners oppose 'Ban the Box' bill Fred Durhal is 'not for sale' when it comes to new bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/fred-durhal-not-sale-when-it-comes-new-bridge <p></p><p>When Governor Rick Snyder came into office, one of the priorities of his campaign was to build a new international bridge to span the Detroit River.</p><p>Snyder's proposal for the &nbsp;bridge - from Detroit to Windsor - was denied time and again by Michigan's state Legislature. Democrats in the State House and Senate were against the idea, as were many members of the Governor's own party.&nbsp;</p><p>But last May Snyder made an agreement with Canada in which Canada would pay for the construction of the new bridge - without the consent of Michigan Legislature.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:54:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 12077 at http://michiganradio.org Fred Durhal is 'not for sale' when it comes to new bridge Is it time to stop asking Michigan job seekers about criminal convictions on job applications? http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-stop-asking-michigan-job-seekers-about-criminal-convictions-job-applications <p>Michigan employers would no longer be able to ask on a job application if a person has been convicted of a felony.&nbsp; That is if one state lawmaker has his way.</p><p></p><p>Research shows a criminal record can reduce the likelihood of a job callback or offer by nearly 50%.</p><p></p><p>To help change that, State Representative Fred Durhal of Detroit wants to ban employers from including a question about criminal convictions on job applications.</p><p></p><p>He says too often employers throw away job applications if the applicant checks the criminal conviction box.</p><p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:20:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 11572 at http://michiganradio.org Is it time to stop asking Michigan job seekers about criminal convictions on job applications? A conversation with Rep. Fred Durhal on his candidacy for Detroit mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-rep-fred-durhal-his-candidacy-detroit-mayor <p>More candidates are entering the Detroit mayoral race. State Representative Fred Durhal Jr. announced his plans to run this week.</p><p>In the best of times, running a city the size of Detroit is incredibly challenging. The city will face some considerable challenges for some time to come. So we asked Rep. Durhal Jr. why he wants the job.</p><p>Others possible candidates for Detroit mayor include State Rep. Lisa Howze, Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Current Mayor Dave Bing has not yet announced whether he plans to run for reelection.</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:00:10 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 10115 at http://michiganradio.org State Rep. Durhal joins crowded Detroit mayor's race http://michiganradio.org/post/state-rep-durhal-joins-crowded-detroit-mayors-race <p>Detroit won’t elect its next mayor for nearly a year, but the field is already getting crowded.</p><p>Detroit State Representative Fred Durhal threw his hat in the ring Monday.</p><p>Durhal is a veteran of Detroit politics. He cut his teeth under longtime former Detroit mayor Coleman Young, and is now in his third term in the Michigan State House, where he sits on the appropriations committee.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 01:26:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10072 at http://michiganradio.org State Rep. Durhal joins crowded Detroit mayor's race New law guarantees bonds for troubled school districts http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-guarantees-bonds-troubled-school-districts <p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/Senate/pdf/2011-SFA-5194-F.pdf">Governor Snyder has signed legislation</a> he says will let financially-strapped school districts guarantee their bond payments&mdash;using state school aid funds.</p><p>The legislation applies to all school districts with deficit elimination plans or emergency managers. But it was written with the Detroit Public Schools in mind.</p><p>Detroit State Representative Fred Durhal, who sponsored the bill, says the new law should help set bondholders&rsquo; minds at ease.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:17:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6137 at http://michiganradio.org New law guarantees bonds for troubled school districts Last-minute bill failure could spell higher costs for DPS http://michiganradio.org/post/last-minute-bill-failure-could-spell-higher-costs-dps <p>A political fight in Lansing could mean tens of millions of dollars in un-budgeted borrowing costs for Detroit Public Schools over the next few years.</p> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:51:02 +0000 Laura Weber 5562 at http://michiganradio.org Last-minute bill failure could spell higher costs for DPS