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April 1, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 04/01/2014

Obama to discuss minimum wage

ANN ARBOR — President Barack Obama plans to visit Michigan on Wednesday to discuss his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.

The White House on Monday released details of the planned afternoon event at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Obama has endorsed a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. Senate Democrats are planning votes on a bill, but Republicans are working to block it. The president told Congress in his State of the Union Address that raising the minimum wage “will help families.”

Michigan’s minimum wage is $7.40 an hour.

The school says tickets for the speech will be available to University of Michigan students at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Michigan Union Ticket Office.

Land: I have enough signatures for race

LANSING — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says she’s submitted enough petition signatures to get a spot on the August primary ballot.

Land says she collected more than 25,000 signatures from all of Michigan’s 83 counties. They were given to state election officials Monday, three weeks before the April 22 deadline.

Land is from the Grand Rapids area. She’s a former secretary of state and a former Kent County clerk. She’ll likely face Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in the fall election.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin isn’t running for re-election.

Detroit expected to file updated plan

DETROIT — The city of Detroit plans to file an updated bankruptcy restructuring plan to pay off its creditors.

An amended plan of adjustment and disclosure statement are expected Monday.

Bill Nowling, spokesman for state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, says the filings will feature documents referenced — but not included — in the previously filed adjustment plan and disclosure statement.

Nowling says the amended plan also may contain some agreements reached with creditors.

The plan of adjustment has to be approved by federal Judge Steven Rhodes and is considered the city’s blueprint for emerging from bankruptcy.

Orr is negotiating with the city’s creditors on debt which he has said is $18 billion or more.

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