Minimum wage could be on Michigan’s ballot this year, MT community weighs in

The Raise the Wage Michigan Ballot Committee’s proposal would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2027, which could impact Meridian Township workers and business owners alike.

Michigan’s current minimum wage is $9.87 an hour. This would increase in one dollar increments over five years. After reaching $15 an hour in 2027, the initiative requires automatic adjustments for inflation each year.

The initiative also seeks to end the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, for people with disabilities and people younger than 20-years old. The sub-minimum wage would be phased out by January 2028.

People draw a slip out of a hat

150-150 tie vote in Leslie City Council election leads to tie-breaker

Barb Byrum, Ingham County ClerkGrady Doane’s representative chose the “Elected” lot at the Ingham County Board of Canvassers meeting. The final seat for the City of Leslie’s City Council was not decided until two days after the Nov 2 election. Grady Doane and Robert Stacy finished the night tied at 150 votes each. A tie-breaker at the Ingham County Board of Canvassers meeting on Nov. 4 resulted in Doane being named victor.

Mason approves park and trail millage

Approval of a 1-mill, five-year tax increase means Mason can move forward with its parks plan. City Manager Deborah Stuart said projects will be selected from the Parks, Recreation and Non-motorized Plan. The city developed the plan with community engagement and feedback almost two years ago with community input. Stuart said one of the first projects will be replacing the Rayner Park playground.

A "vote here today" sign outside a polling place in Lansing for the November 2021 election.

Voters cast ballots in races for Lansing mayor, city council

Lansing voters headed to the polls today to elect the city’s mayor and several members of the City Council.

Incumbent Mayor Andy Schor faces a challenge from council member Kathie Dunbar, while four candidates vie for two citywide council seats and two sets of candidates compete to represent the 4th Ward and 2nd Ward on the council. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is running unopposed.

Lansing City Hall

Absentee ballots remain popular for Tuesday election in Lansing

Lansing residents head to the polls Nov. 2 to vote in several local races, but many are planning to vote by absentee ballot.

As of Oct. 13, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said that in Lansing, 92,505 absentee voter applications had been mailed out. Byrum said 15,348 absentee ballots had been requested, 15,265 absentee ballots had been mailed out to voters and 4,978 absentee ballots had been received and cast in Lansing.