On June 4, 2018, President Trump tweeted that now is the “best time ever to look for a job,” and that this is “the greatest economy in the history of America”. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, this holds partially true. U.S. Jobless rates steadily declined in the last year, dropping from 4.4 to 3.9 percent from April 2017 to April 2018. Jim Rhein, an economic analyst at the Detroit branch of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, gave his insight on the labor markets in Michigan and how job markets are performing at this time in the economy. Q: When it comes to the tweet that President Trump made, do you think that this holds true for Michigan specifically?
Within the past few months, Michigan State University has taken heat for multiple scandals that put the university’s reputation in jeopardy. Recently, three former MSU football players were sentenced to 36 months of probation exactly one year after they were charged for sexual assault from a party that took place in January 2017. The university also has been left with a $500 million settlement from the Larry Nassar scandal, with $425 million to be paid to the 332 current survivors and $75 million put away in a trust fund for any future claimants. Even with the current state of events on campus, incoming freshman Lazarie Mitchell is not worried about how these events will affect her safety as a student. “I was not aware of the scandals when I applied, and I didn’t know anything about it,” she said.
On May 8, United States Representatives Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton of Michigan proposed a bill that would grant access to funds for states to enforce laws that enable police to confiscate guns from gun owners who are deemed dangerous. The debate about gun ownership and gun control in the United States has been a large one in recent times, especially with amount of gun violence and mass shootings there have been in the last few years, and some agree that the new proposed bill would aid in slowing down the crime rates. “I think it puts some responsibility back into the hands of the gun owner,” says Richard White, a Michigan police officer. White says that gun owners can be dangerous for a multitude of reasons. As well as not being mentally stable or responsible enough for handling a gun on their own, many gun owners do not practice measures to ensure that their firearms are in a safe place inaccessible to others.
Rose Adams is a Detroit senior citizen, and Alabama native born in 1929, who stresses the importance of voting, especially since everyone always did not have the option to vote. During her youth, voting was not allowed for African Americans, due to Civil Rights laws. Voting laws such as literacy tests that potential black voters were forced to take were not lifted until 1965, after peaceful protesters were attacked for fighting for voting rights. “I was there, I was there when Martin Luther King came down to Alabama, I was there. My mom walked in the march from Selma to Montgomery, though she couldn’t go all the way there she was in it for part of the way.