Organizers of a drive to gradually raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.10 an hour by 2017 and automatically increase it with inflation in future years got the green light Wednesday to collect signatures.
Michigan would spend $100 million more this year to repair potholes and help local governments recoup snowplowing and salting costs that have piled up amid near-record snowfall under spending legislation approaching an initial vote in the Legislature.
Michigan lawmakers moved ahead Wednesday with another tax-cut proposal, this time to help 360,000 homeowners and renters who lost an income tax credit as part of a Republican-backed business tax cut a few years ago.
Despite a renewed push, expansion of a state turnaround entity for failing public schools beyond Detroit remains in trouble in the Legislature, where some majority Republicans still have concerns about a top initiative for Gov. Rick Snyder.
Michigan's top transportation official warned lawmakers Tuesday that the coming pothole season may be worse than many drivers have ever seen, blaming a "brutal" winter for ruining deteriorating roads he said already are in poor condition because of a long-term funding crisis.