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Michigan's Republican governor and its Republican attorney general aren't as close as you'd expect the state's top two elected officials to be when they're from the same party.
"It's fair to say they aren't exactly buddies," says a member of the governor's team.
The two have quietly clashed on issues, though they've always kept their disagreements private. Until now.
For the full article, see Nolan Finley, "Finley: Prop 1 makes Snyder, Schuette split public", Detroit News, March 5, 2015.
Bill McGraw, "A steady doctor for babies to call their own" : More than 80,000 low-income infants and young children in Michigan don’t have access to a primary care doctor to nurture their development.
Bill McGraw, "Preschool for 3-year-olds – high cost, higher reward" : Adding a second year of preschool nets long-term gains for children in poverty, and for state, studies show.
Bridge Staff, "Where in the world is The Center for Michigan?" : The Center for Michigan’s Public Engagement team is traveling across the state holding Community Conversations on the topic of “Getting to work: Opportunity and hurdles to success in Michigan.” Join us – in person or online – and make your voice heard!
At least 14 states have introduced bills that would make it harder for parents to gain vaccination exemptions. But one expert says the proposed laws focus on the wrong thing.
For the full article, see Amanda Paulson, "States move to toughen vaccination laws in wake of measles outbreak", Christian Science Monitor, March 3, 2015.
Gov. Rick Snyder proposed an across the board increase of $75 per pupil for Michigan school districts in his budget, but the plan might face blowback from lawmakers in the Legislature.
Snyder's plan, which would be an increase of $108 million overall, deviates from the so-called 2X formula that has been in place for many years. That formula means poorer districts get twice the increase richer districts get and seeks to shrink the funding gap between the richest and poorest districts in the state, currently $848 per student.
More equal school funding was the promise of Proposal A, passed by voters in 1994, which meant that school funding went from primarily local with some help from the state, to primarily a state function with some help from local residents.
For the full article, see Kyle Feldscher, "Equal funding between school districts to be big talking point in debate on education budget", MLive, March 5, 2015.
A Michigan Senate panel on Thursday advanced legislation that would create a "Choose Life" license plate to raise funds for groups promoting abortion alternatives.
The plates would cost $35 on top of regular registration fees, including a $25 donation and $10 service fee. Proceeds would be directed to a new fund, which would be responsible for covering state startup costs and distributing grants.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "'Choose Life Michigan' license plate would raise funds to promote abortion alternatives", MLive, March 5, 2015.
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