The People’s News 8/24

Here are today’s top Michi­gan news stories…

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.”

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