A Michigan government audit of $2.6 billion in child support payments says the office in charge of collecting the money is doing an effective job in making sure parents pay what they owe and caregivers get what’s coming to them.
The Michigan Office of the Auditor General released a report Friday on the handling of payments from June 1, 2012, to March 31, 2014.
For the full article, see "Audit: Michigan does good job on child support", Detroit News, September 1, 2014.
Monday, September 1, is Labor Day for 2014. This federal holiday recognizes the contributions of America's 155 million workers.
Visit USA.gov's Labor Day page to learn about the history of the holiday, find job information, and get recreational resources to help you celebrate the unofficial end of summer.
Happy Labor Day!
Michigan shoppers probably didn't notice much difference Thursday when repeal of the state's item pricing law took effect.
Many stores across the state are gradually switching over to electronic price readers or affixing stickers to shelves only, as opposed to each individual item, as a result of the law.
Source : Item Pricing Law Takes Effect With Little Fanfare, Gongwer News Service, September 1, 2011.
On September 1, 1980, Emil and Mary Petri hosted a Labor Day picnic to remember. Their guests included Republican Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and Michigan Governor William Milliken.
In the original Detroit News report, Emil Petri noted that he "had been approached by friends in the Republican party" about hosting the barbecue. The Petris agreed. On the Friday before the party, they learned that Reagan and Milliken would also appear!
Emil was an Allen Park steelworker who had been laid off earlier in the year. The economy was in a downturn, and many of Petri's neighbors were also unemployed. The blue-collar neighborhood had traditionally been a Democratic stronghold. Reagan listened to the neighbor's stories as he munched a hot dog and sipped a Stroh's Light.
Source : "Ronald Reagan at a Backyard Barbecue", Archives of Michigan Image of the Month page for September, 2005
Forty-seven years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act that launched the War on Poverty. It also led to the creation of an immeasurably valuable part of the nonprofit infrastructure that we take for granted today-Community Health Centers, VISTA, Head Start, Community Action Agencies, Legal Services, and much more. Born in 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act is somewhere between a Baby Boomer and a Generation X'er, but the nonprofit capacity it built serves all of us.
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