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Detroit Free Press: 700 Detroit residents gather to sound off on jobs

A panel of four U.S. Representatives heard a litany of woes from Detroit residents tonight, ranging from unfair labor practices to the use of credit scores on employment applications to uncut grass in Detroit parks.

U.S. Reps. Hansen Clarke and John Conyers, D-Detroit, Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, came to the city as part of Congress’ progressive caucus, which is calling for shrinking defense budgets and higher taxes on Wall Street in favor of assistance for beleaguered communities.

Nearly 700 people crowded into a sweltering King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit to talk about the best ways to create more jobs in America. Dozens lined up to speak out about all that ails Detroit and the country.

“Corporations are biased in terms of your credit score,” one woman said. “When they see you’ve got bad credit, they don’t want to give you a job.”

READ MORE: http://www.freep.com/article/20110627/NEWS01/110627066/700-Detroit-residents-gather-sound-off-jobs

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Progressive groups say Michigan’s middle class disappearing [The Maycomb Daily]

By Charles Crumm
Journal Register Newspapers

Their report says Snyder gives to rich at expense of public schools

Michigan’s middle class faces a bleak future, a report released Thursday by three progressive policy groups concludes.

Lansing-based Progress Michigan and the Michigan League for Human Services, along with the Washington, D.C., office of the political advocacy organization Demos, said that Michigan is plagued by a lack of good jobs, high unemployment, falling earnings, declining access to benefits, high costs for education and raising a family, and diminished economic prospects for young people compared to 30 years ago.

“Michigan was where the great American middle class was forged,” said Heather McGhee of Demos in a conference call Thursday. “Now Michigan’s middle class is endangered.” (more…)

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Michigan Newsletter: Spring, 2011

Michigan Spring Newsletter

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