Military service becomes pipeline to state prison jobs

State program funnels veterans into work with corrections department.

December 21, 2018
More veterans are working as correctional officers in Michigan prisons, thanks to a recent state program designed to recruit them. Read More

Smartphone gambling regulations under review by state

If approved, betting could include poker, blackjack, sports and online versions of casino games.

December 7, 2018
A trio of bills that would legalize and regulate online gambling from a smartphone or computer is awaiting a vote in the Senate before year’s end. Read More

Housing costs outstrip wages for low-income workers

Report finds Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro among state’s costliest markets compared to wages.

October 19, 2018
A Michigan resident making minimum wage has to work 73 hours per week — or 1.8 full-time jobs — to rent a two-bedroom apartment, according to a recent study. Read More

Proposal would create ‘public innovative districts’

Measure would allow districts to promote students based on knowledge instead of time spent at school.

September 21, 2018
School districts would be able to shift to a system that advances kids by competency rather than grade level if the Legislature approves a recently introduced bill. Read More