Rep. Kristy Pagan on the Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the 3 percent of teacher pay illegally held back by the Snyder-Schuette administration must be refunded. The ruling follows an earlier decision declaring the law that allowed the hold to be unconstitutional. In response, state Rep. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) issued the following statement:  “I applaud the…

Congress fails to protect dreamers

Washington, D.C. –  Congress passed a Continuing Resolution funding the government until January of 2018 thus avoiding a government shutdown. Republicans joined by some Democrats passed the last minute resolution without the DREAM Act or legislation that would provide protection to undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Cesar Vargas, Esq. co-director of the…

‘Victory for Right to Dissent’ as Six J20 Protesters Found Not Guilty on All Charges

  In a decision civil liberties groups applauded as “a tremendous victory for the right to dissent,” a jury returned not guilty verdicts for six Americans on trial for protesting President Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017.   The group of protesters—which includes a nurse, a photojournalist, and a college student—could have faced decades…

Judge rules for Nestle over controversial boost station to hike groundwater pumping

A judge has ruled in favor of Nestle Waters North America about a controversial booster pump station needed to draw more groundwater. Judge Susan Sniegowski issued an opinion on Dec. 20, ordering Osceola Township to issue a zoning permit to construct the booster pump house. Nestle wants to increase its production well in Osceloa Township…