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Dustin Dwyer · Midwest Memo: Recall Race Ramps Up, Wage Gap Persists And Michigan Considers Less Oversight
April 17th, 2012
Recall fight The Wall Street Journal reports that what started out as a fight over collective bargaining has grown into a “high-stakes, high-dollar referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker and central elements of his party’s fiscal agenda.” And a new poll shows Walker has a slim lead in the June recall race.
Wage gap MLive reports on a new report that finds a persistent wage gap between men and women in America. Michigan has the 10th highest gap of all states, with women there making only 74 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Indiana has the 6th highest gap. There, women make 28 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
Not ready for college About 30 percent of Indiana students who enter college have to take “remedial” classes once they get there, according to a new report.
Rail expansion Norfolk Southern is planning a $160 million expansion of its rail yards in Bellevue, Ohio. The expansion is expected to create 275 jobs according to the AP.
Lower taxes The Dayton Daily News examines Ohio income taxes and finds that rates are at their lowest level in 30 years.
You’re on your own Michigan’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention is recommending that the state end oversight for 18 occupations and 9 boards. Partner station Michigan Radio has a full list of the recommendations.