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According to a new study, eliminating racial disparities in Michigan would generate billions of dollars over the next 30 years. Written in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, “The Business Case for Racial Equity in Michigan" found that eliminating racial disparities in health, education, incarceration, and employment would generate $92 billion in economic output by 2050.

Ani Turner is a co-author of the study. 

A mid-Michigan woman who authorities say embezzled more than $400,000 from her disabled 9-year-old son's estate faces prison after entering a plea to resolve the case. The Lansing State Journal reports 32-year-old Kasie Pruden-Rivera of Eaton County is scheduled for sentencing June 28 after pleading no contest to one count of embezzling more than $100,000.

The plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd says based on a lack of previous convictions her sentencing guidelines will likely top out at 20 months.

Michigan's minimum wage will rise to $9.25 an hour starting Jan. 1. That's a 35-cent raise from the current minimum of $8.90 per hour. It's the final definitive increase provided by a 2014 law, the state said Friday. Beginning in 2019, however, the minimum wage is due to increase annually with inflation unless the unemployment rate is high.

Employers can pay 85 percent of the minimum to employees age 16 and 17. The training wage remains at $4.25 per hour for new hires age 16 to 19 for the first 90 days of employment.

A panel is recommending that Michigan restore the pay of statewide elected officials to levels that were in place before a 10 percent cut was imposed in 2010. The State Officers Compensation Commission said Friday that the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state should receive 10 percent pay hikes. It also said Supreme Court justices should receive their first raise since 2002. 

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