employees http://michiganradio.org en There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-new-push-higher-minimum-wage-michigan <p>Several groups are calling for an increase in the Michigan minimum wage to ten dollars an hour.</p><p></p><p>The current rate in Michigan is $7.40 an hour. That's higher than the national minimum wage. &nbsp;Michigan is among more than a dozen states with minimum wage rates higher than the federal benchmark.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Danielle Atkinson is with ‘Mothering Justice’, one of the groups calling on state lawmakers to increase Michigan’s minimum wage.</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:08:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 13684 at http://michiganradio.org There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan Michigan won't privatize prisons further http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wont-privatize-prisons-further <p>Michigan will not privatize nearly $350 million in prisoner health care and food costs, keeping intact nearly 1,700 state workers' jobs.</p><p>State Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan told The Associated Press on Friday that none of three contracts out for bid would have achieved the necessary 5 percent savings as required by state rules.</p><p>Bidding out more of the prison health system could have been the largest privatization of state government services in Michigan history.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:31:32 +0000 The Associated Press 11490 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan won't privatize prisons further