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Even with an extra year, the Michigan Department of Corrections hasn't made much of a "double-dipping" program intended to save millions of dollars in overtime pay.
A Legislature-sanctioned program allowing retired corrections officers to come back to work without giving up their pensions was supposed to save Corrections $10 million in a year by reducing overtime costs associated with a worsening employee shortage.
But, throughout the state's 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, just $563,000 has been saved, Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said today. That's because the department fell far short of the 250 retirees it expected would return to work.
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "Corrections 'double-dipping' savings short of goal", Detroit Free Press, October 28, 2014.
Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow based at The Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank, and the movement's most vocal proponent. "Students from the richest quarter of the population outnumber students of the lowest quarter of the population by 14 to 1 at elite colleges, University of Michigan included."
Other scholars point to studies that show admitting students based on class as opposed to race will achieve some racial diversity, but not the same level netted with affirmative action. They say both tools are needed to include more students from different income levels and racial groups.
"If we are going to address the gaps, we need both class-based and race-based admissions," said Donald E. Heller, dean of Michigan State University's College of Education and an expert in higher education. "Stratification is getting worse in higher education. Enrollment is much more skewed to the upper half of income distribution of America, and there are fewer students of color."
For the full article, see Kim Kozlowski, Michigan colleges look to boost low-income enrollment", Detroit News, October 28, 2014.
Voters can show how they feel about wolf hunting through two largely symbolic Nov. 4 ballot issues that also reflect a growing debate whether such controversial issues are best decided at polling places or by lawmakers reflecting their constituents’ wishes.
Michiganians are asked to approve or reject two Legislature-passed laws that allow wolves to be classified as game species and hunted but are being challenged through the state’s citizen referendum process. The two laws are suspended pending the Nov. 4 election and already are scheduled to be replaced by a third law approved by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder this year that also allows wolf hunting.
The move by Snyder and lawmakers is at the crux of the debate about the best way to decide controversial issues because it was part of an end-around strategy by wolf hunting proponents that made the two ballot issues powerless — except as a gauge of the public will.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Ballot issues target wolf hunting", Detroit News, October 28, 2014.
Mike Wilkinson, "A Bridge primer on how to gauge the credibility of political polls" : Michigan voters are being inundated with horse-race poll results showing which candidates are up or down. Before taking those results as gospel, consider the source. Bridge shows you how.
Michigan Truth Squad, "12 questions to ask about political polls" : Judging the independence and reliability of polls during election season can difficult, even for politically astute voters. Here are a few questions to ask to help determine a survey’s credibility.
Mike Wilkinson, "Gov. Snyder tied, or way ahead ‒ which poll is right in governor’s race?" : Two automated polls show a tight race, while a third that relies on live interviewers shows Snyder comfortably leading challenger Mark Schauer. What’s a partisan to believe?
Phil Power, "Commoditizing politics and football" : When campaigns are driven by dark money and college sports are “branded” like Via gra, society dies just a bit
The Department of Civil Rights has announced that Matt Wesaw will officially start as its new director on October 28. Mr. Wesaw, a former chair of the Civil Rights Commission, is retiring from his post as chair of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and CEO of the tribe's gaming authority to take the new job. He is the first Native American to be director of the department.
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