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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.

Michigan is almost at full employment. What impact will minimum wage maneuvering really have?

By: - December 4, 2018

While many progressives are up in arms at the GOP-led Legislature’s attempts to gut an initiative raising the minimum wage, a report this week in Crain’s Detroit points out that it could be a moot point anyway. That’s because many economists believe that because Michigan’s low unemployment rate is under 4 percent, the market rate […]

DeVos family gave to Mississippi U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith

By: - December 4, 2018

Members of West Michigan’s DeVos family, longtime stalwarts of state and national GOP causes and candidates, were among those financially supporting U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).

Economist: GOP minimum wage plan hurts low-wage workers, could halt some job losses

By: - December 4, 2018

Last week’s push by the GOP-controlled Legislature to slow a the $12 minimum wage hike until 2030 will have a variety of economic ripple effects, according to a Purdue University economist.

Michigan cities embrace philanthropic support as state funding slides

By: - December 4, 2018

As experts have recently questioned the sustainability of Michigan’s municipal funding structure, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor says that philanthropy could fill in some key financial gaps for communities.