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The number of daily attacks on the state government's computer systems is staggering and growing in both incidents and cost.
Every day, the state stops about 730,000 attacks on its IT network, ranging from spam and phishing e-mails to malicious bots designed to slow or shut a computer network down.
The House Communications and Technology Committee heard from David Behen, director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Tuesday about the efforts made by the state, in concert with the Michigan State Police and Michigan National Guard, to ensure the state's massive computer network stays safe.
The state already spends about $22 million a year on cyber security, and Gov. Rick Snyder has asked for a bump of $7 million in the 2015-16 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Hacker attacks besieging Michigan's computer network", Detroit Free Press, February 24, 2015.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced that $50 million in grants are going to 18 community colleges across the state as part of Michigan's effort to enhance skilled trades.
"We are positioning Michigan to become the national leader in developing talent," Snyder said. "This serious investment -- one of the largest of its kind in the country -- will tap our top-notch community colleges and help new students and adults looking for new opportunities gain the skills sought by companies looking to grow and expand, creating more and better jobs in Michigan."
Tuesday's announcement was about the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program, which gives community colleges grants to purchase equipment required for educational programs in certain high-skill, high-demand occupations. The Michigan Strategic Fund on Tuesday issued authorizing bonds to fund the program.
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Michigan gives community colleges $50 million for skilled trades training", MLive, February 24, 2015.
A state administrative panel today is expected to approve a nine-month extension to a $4.1-million contract with a Grand Rapids law firm that helps state prisoners overturn their convictions and sue the state over the conditions of their confinement.
The contract with the law firm Peterson Paletta draws criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.
Some who are hard on criminals or want to cut the prison budget say it's ridiculous for the Corrections Department to use taxpayer money to pay private attorneys to help prisoners sue the state.
Advocates for prisoners' rights say the "legal writer" program — under which the law firm trains and oversees inmates who help less literate prisoners draft legal pleadings and complaints — is useful, but too few inmates receive too little help from it.
Prison officials say the program, which costs about $752,000 a year, was created pursuant to a 1996 federal court order arising from a 1992 prisoner lawsuit.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "State pays law firm to help prisoners sue", Detroit Free Press, February 23, 2015.
Ron French, "College costs have doubled, even after inflation, and other frightening facts (Chapter 1)" : Think you can still pay for college delivering pizza? Think again. Bridge presents 6 realities facing today’s college student.
Ron French, "The crazy cost of college, a cultural timeline (Chapter 2)" : Hemlines rise and fall, but tuition just goes up.
Ron French, "Four reasons why Michigan college prices have skyrocketed (Chapter 3)" : The state bears blame for the high cost of higher education, but students aren’t blameless, either.
Doug Rothwell, "Higher education is critical to improving Michigan’s economy" : Colleges and universities are well-positioned to help Michigan become a top 10 state.
Matt Harding, "Big ambitions for Detroit’s M-1 Rail system" : Boosters promise the streetcar system, now under construction along Woodward Avenue, will spur downtown revitalization, brushing aside critics who fear another People Mover.
The tribal casino proposed for the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack took a step forward on Monday.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians late Monday, Feb. 23 filed its application at the Bureau of Indian Affairs' regional office to take land into trust for a proposed casino and retail development project to be located on 60 acres in Fruitport Township.
"For the past seven years, we have worked with the Muskegon region to bring viable economic development to both of our communities," said Little River Band Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli. "This project would jumpstart the local economy and help provide support for expanded tribal government services for our tribal members."
In 2013, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he would allow the federal review and permitting process to take place by signing a waiver that would allow the federal officials to analyze the plans. An amendment to the tribe's compact with the state would still need to be approved by the governor and the legislature.
LRBOI said it would invest $180 million to build the new casino and economic development project. The band estimates the project would generate more than 1,200 new jobs in Muskegon County.
Possible name : Lakeshore Casino and Resort.
For the full article, see Stephen Kloosterman, "Muskegon County casino proposal by Little River Band of Ottawa Indians moves ahead", MLive, February 25, 2015.
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