An Increase in Minimum Wage has Benefits for all
By Karissa Chabot-Purchase
Regardless of which side of the minimum wage debate you fall on (and there’s sound arguments on both sides), most research suggests that a bump in the minimum wage stands to benefit one group decidedly more than others: the middle class. Here in Michigan we know a thing or two about the challenges our middle-class citizens have faced over the past decade.
Should there be an increase in minimum wage?
Economic development is once again thriving in East Lansing, in contrast to the quiet period our community and many others faced following the economic downturn of 2008. I’m proud to report that in 2012 and 2013 the value of construction in East Lansing totaled almost $65 million — a 119 percent increase from the investment in 2010 and 2011 of more than $29 million.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing recently welcomed Jeff Scheibel as their new President and CEO.
Whether you are just now making, or breaking, your New Year’s resolutions, Scheibel says it’s never too late to consider joining the Y Now! to get fit and live healthy in 2014 and beyond.
“I can’t think of a better time to join the Y,” said Scheibel. “We offer a wide range of activities, events and programs for families, youth and individuals of all ages. We’re accessible at five Lansing area branches, and a premier resident camp at beautiful Mystic Lake near Clare.”
Mom and pop aren’t necessarily the ones running the shop in today’s family owned-and-operated business.
Family businesses vary from a husband and wife team to large corporations that employ hundreds or thousands of people. About 5.5 million businesses in the United States are family owned-and-operated, creating nearly 75 percent of all new jobs. Additional statistics compiled by Family Enterprise USA show that 60 percent of all publicly held US companies are family-operated, generate 57 percent of the nation’s GNP and employ about 63 percent of the workforce. These firms matter to the community, too, since 95 percent of family businesses engage in local, state or national philanthropy.