Minimum wage set to rise Monday

If you're paid the minimum wage, you're likely getting a pay increase next Monday. It follows recent action by the Michigan Legislature, and the governor. The state's minimum wage will increase from the current $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour on September First. The state's minimum wage was last increased six years ago. Under the new law Michigan's minimum wage will increase eventually to $9.25 per hour in 2018.

Cadillac man takes Police on 22 mile chase through two counties

A Cadillac man is behind bars awaiting arraignment after he took police on a high speed chase in Wexofrd Co. that lasted 22 miles and topped speeds of 120 miles per hour. State Police say it started after an officer tried to stop a motorcycle on northbound U.S. 131 for traveling 90 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Free fishing weekend held Saturday and Sunday!

If fishing is your thing, or even if it's not, this is the weekend to do it. That's because this Saturday and Sunday the state is holding its annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend. The Department of Natural Resources says Michigan residents and non-residents will be allowed to fish without a license Saturday and Sunday. All other fishing regulations will still apply.

Minimum wage going up in Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law legislation that will increase Michigan's minimum wage to $9.25 per hour by 2018. Under the compromise bill, which received bipartisan support in both chambers of the state Legislature yesterday (Tue), the minimum wage will gradually increase from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour by 2018. Meanwhile, the rate for tipped employees will be 38 percent of the regular minimum wage. The wages will rise based on a five-year rolling average of inflation, but no more than 3.5 percent.

Job outlook improving but it's still going to be a tough Summer for teens

State officials says even though conditions are improving it's going to be another tough year for teenagers to find a summer job in Michigan. The Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the teen jobless rate this summer is expected to be 26-point-five percent. That's a 0.6 percentage point decline from last summer and down eight-and-a-half percent from the all-time high of 35 percent in 2010. Even with this slight improvement in the teen jobless rate, the number of unemployed teens is expected to be about 64,300.

Could "user fees" be on the horizon for bicyclists?

Should bicyclists also pay a user fee for Michigan roadways? Some have said they should, but bicyclists are quick to point out that they already support roads, through taxes that supply revenue to the state's General Fund, which in recent years has helped to support roads. Others have questioned if that's enough, since motorists pay both the gas tax as well as taxes that go into the General Fund. The question was briefly raised during a recent legislative committee in Lansing, during testimony on bike trails in the state. (MRN)

Police investigate deadly accident in Osceola Co.

Police up in Osceola County continue to investigate a fatal car accident that happened Friday. They say it happened on US-10 near 185th Ave. in Richmond Twp where a Toyota driven by 79-year old Robert Waldron from Kentucky was traveling westbound when he went off the north side of US-10, The car then re-entered the US-10 striking an east bound Ford pick-up Waldron died at the scene, his passenger was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital. The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the scene.

Michiganders Can "Stamp Out Hunger" This Saturday

Just leave the food by the mailbox and letter carriers will do the rest. The 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive takes place Saturday, giving Michiganders an easy way to help feed those in need. Pam Donato, community and membership outreach coordinator with the National Association of Letter Carriers, says all the donations will stay in the communities from which they are collected. "We're going to be taking that food back to the local post office and then, distributing it to the local food pantries in that neighborhood and community," she explains.

Podcast: Ferris State President David Eisler addresses the state of education in Michigan

Ferris State University President David Eisler was a guest speaker at the Big Rapids Rotary Club Lunchon Tuesday. Eisler addressed the state of education to rotary members. Here is a link to the podcast of his speech!

Mecosta, Osceola Counties declare local state of emergency

State Police have partially activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Lansing due to the severe weather and flooding occurring throughout the Lower Peninsula. On Tuesday afternoon, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Osceola and Wexford counties each declared a local state of emergency. The declaration enables a county or municipality to execute emergency operations plans, administrate local aid and assistance and issue declarations.


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