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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Public News Service - MI: Livable Wages/Working Families

Michigan's $.35-per-hour minimum-wage increase adds $14 per week before taxes to the paychecks of those working full-time. (markgraf/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan rang in 2018 with a 35-cent hike to the minimum wage, but some say that doesn't go far enough and want voters to have the final word. This week marked the last of three scheduled increases under a law passed in 2014, taking the state's minimum wage to $9.25 an hour.

Participants in Show Me the Money Day events will get tips on how not to break the bank in 2018. (finance/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- For those who list getting into better financial shape among their goals for 2018, experts are coming to communities across the state to help connect people with the resources they need to be financially fit. The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan is organizin

Experts say early planning can alleviate income tax errors and stress. (noderdog/iStockphoto)

LANSING, Mich. – It's not the most festive topic, but experts are urging Michiganders to use this time of year to get ready for tax season, and to know what resources are available to help. Ross Yednock, program director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition at the Community Economic Dev

Heating bills are a major expense for many Michiganders, but help is available. (hilarycl/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – With summer's warmth now just a memory, many homeowners are reaching for the thermostat, and the push is on to make sure all Michiganders are aware of the resources that can help them keep the heat on this winter. Whitney Skeans with Consumers Energy says there are income-ba

Many military veterans in Michigan may be unaware of all the benefits they've earned for serving their country. (pippalou/morguefile)

DETROIT – Michigan has one of the lowest percentages in the nation of military veterans taking advantage of the benefits they're entitled to, but local advocates are working to change that as a way to thank the veterans for their service and sacrifice. AARP Michigan has teamed up with the Mi

Michigan's jobless rate is now 3.7 percent, but fewer people are working today than in 2000. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- This Labor Day, while Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in years, analysts say that isn't all good news. Much of the decline, they say, is due to a loss of workers. Michigan's workforce reached its peak of just over 5 million people in 2000, but a new r

Help is available now so income-qualified residents can keep the heat on this winter. (hillarycl/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – While most Michiganders are still soaking up summer, colder weather will be here before long, and the deadline is fast approaching to apply for assistance to help keep warm this winter. The Michigan Home Heating Credit is based on household income and size, and is available

The tipped-wage system leaves many restaurant workers living below poverty level. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Restaurant workers have a tip for diners: Many want to see an end to the tipped wage system in Michigan. Under existing law, employers must pay tipped employees at least $3.38 per hour. They're allowed to collect tips on top of that, but if those tips don't bring their hourl

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