Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Published 12:30 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 In the latest blow for organized labor, Michigan’s prevailing wage law, which requires union scale wages on public construction projects, was repealed by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature on Wednesday. Lawmakers who supported the repeal said it was needed to save taxpayer dollars on public projects. Projects paying prevailing wages “cost 10-15% more than if it was built by the private sector,” said Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, who has introduced the bill to repeal in every legislative session. “The time has come to eliminate this outdated law and save our taxpayers money.” State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Township, called the prevailing wage a “discriminatory and racist relic of the past. … Repealing this antiquated price-fixing scheme will save hundreds of millions of dollars.” But four Republicans joined all the … [Read more...] about Prevailing wage repealed by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Comic Riffs Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Michael Cavna by Michael Cavna Email the author May 9 at 11:04 AM Email the author The Pulitzer-winning “Welcome to the New World,” by freelancers Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, ran in the New York Times throughout 2017. (New York Times) FOR MUCH of the history of American editorial cartooning, the standard format has held strong: a bold, single image carrying the entire metaphoric weight of the opinion being expressed. Major mainstream contests … [Read more...] about Here’s why 2018 is a huge moment in the history of political cartoons
0 Comments Fionola Meredith: If Ashers loses in the Supreme Court this week, we all lose BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It was the 'gay cake' that wasn't baked, but now the case of this mythical gateau will come before the highest court in the land. This week the Supreme Court, sitting for the first time in Belfast, will consider the appeal by Ashers Baking Company over its refusal, almost four years ago, to bake a cake bearing the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage'. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/fionola-meredith/fionola-meredith-if-ashers-loses-in-the-supreme-court-this-week-we-all-lose-36856542.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/fionola-meredith/article36856541.ece/b4956/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-04-30_opi_40541754_I2.JPG Email It was the 'gay cake' that wasn't baked, but now the case of this mythical gateau will come before the highest court in the land. This week the Supreme Court, sitting for the first time in Belfast, will consider the appeal … [Read more...] about Fionola Meredith: If Ashers loses in the Supreme Court this week, we all lose
WASHINGTON — There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight. After ditching her trademark dark sunglasses for a white skirt suit and hat earlier Tuesday, the first lady appeared in a Chanel gown to greet President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, as they arrived for the first state dinner of Trump’s administration. It was a big moment in fashion — and public life — for the former model, who has kept a relatively low profile since Trump took office, and one that played out as her husband is shadowed by a legal threat from a porn actress who says she was paid to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Trump, which he denies. With the opulent affair, Mrs. Trump seemed to be aiming to make a statement, stressing her personal involvement in picking the menu and gold-trimmed table … [Read more...] about Melania Trump takes her moment to sparkle in the spotlight
There are just a handful of folk alive who would have been babes in arms when this car was made, 114 years ago, at the Vauxhall Iron Works on Wandsworth Road in south London, by a company founded by Alexander Wilson, a talented Scottish marine engineer. So it’s a survivor, this Vauxhall 6HP, of two world wars, a company move to Luton and the vicissitudes of fortune and fashion. In 1925 it was squirrelled away at the house of Vauxhall director Percy Kidner, just in case General Motors, Vauxhall’s new owner, saw it as an asset to sell. It was restored in the Sixties and had extensive front-end work a few years ago when Vauxhall’s managing director, Bill Parfitt, had to take avoiding action. In fact, as Andrew Boddy, senior vehicle restorer with Vauxhall’s historic fleet, says in his typically blunt manner: “It’s a bit smoke-and-mirrors, the history. One story has it that the car never left Vauxhall’s ownership, but since it was … [Read more...] about Old-time machine: Can this 1904 Vauxhall handle Britain in the 21st Century?