Several weeks ago, our own Greg McNeilly wrote in the Detroit News about the effect corporate cronyism is having on the price Michiganders pay at the electric meter.
DTE and Consumers Energy last year raised rates on families by $364 million a year, and are back again with hundreds of millions more in planned rate hikes. At the same time, the monopoly energy providers have spent over $4 million pushing Senate Bill 437 – the Nofs-Nesbitt energy plan—in the state legislature trying to outlaw electric choice.
Not surprisingly, a couple former lawmakers came to the utilities defense, claiming calls of “corporate cronyism” are “just a distraction.”
Detroit Deserves a Comeback, Not a Setback
According to MLive, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez visited Detroit on Tuesday in a pre-Labor Day. Here's a snippet from MLive:
Labor organizers and fast food workers have been staging periodic protests calling for a $15-per-hour wage outside Detroit-area restaurants throughout the past two years drawing mixed reactions from passersby.
Perez has expressed support in the past for passage of $15 minimum wage measures in large cities.
"I believe the folks in those areas are in the best position to know what's best for their communities," he told the Huffington Post. "I think we need a federal floor that gets people above the poverty line, but we also need actions elsewhere."
He's right, folks in those areas are in the best position to know what's best for their communities. He's wrong to suggest that Washington, D.C. politicians have the solution with a $15 minimum wage.
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