DETROIT NEWS COLUMN: GOP flunks all efforts at reform — To say the GOP has earned an “F” thus far is an understatement. Now that the Legislature is back, Republican leaders can either continue attacking public education and the middle class or actually invest in our state and be the leaders that the public thought they elected.
GRAND RAPIDS PRESS: Another business tax reform in Michigan? — An obscure issue to most ordinary folks, the personal property tax is a huge concern for businesses and economic development leaders… But here’s the problem – and the reason for the visit from the mayor and the MML folks. Personal property tax revenue, all $1.2 billion of it a year, goes to local communities – cities, schools, libraries and other services.
9&10: CMU Faculty Strike On Hold, Students Protesting Against University Administration — The faculty at Central Michigan University is back in the classroom today, but that isn’t stopping students from protesting…Dozens of students spent the day picketing on campus in between class time. They say they’re doing what the faculty is no longer able to — that’s send a message to the university.
AP: EPA hiring jobless workers for Great Lakes cleanup — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will spend $6 million to hire unemployed people who can work on Great Lakes cleanup projects… Among the priorities are cleaning up toxic pollution, fighting invasive species, improving wildlife habitat and protecting watersheds from contaminated runoff.
MPRN: MLHS hopes Gov will put brakes on cash assist. cap — Legislative analysis estimates more than 12-thousand cash assistance cases would be closed on October first if lawmakers approve the cap. Judy Putnam of the Michigan League for Human Services says the state should look more closely into who would be affected by that cap. “Two-thirds of the caseload on assistance are children,” she says. “And the average age of a child on assistance is seven. That’s a second grader.”