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Michigan’s vast labyrinth of recreational trails could get a significant boost in state funding from the Natural Resources Trust Fund — and lead to lots more opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
Of the 32 acquisition and 44 development projects, about 20 of the proposals have to do with purchasing, expanding or improving trails across the state.
That’s the highest percentage of trail projects proposed by the NRTF since its inception in 1976.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Michigan trails on land and water could get big boost in funding", Detroit Free Press, March 5, 2014.
Can't get enough of the Supremes?
Starting Tuesday, the Michigan Supreme Court will begin live streaming all oral arguments and proceedings. According to Chief Justice Robert Young, live streaming is "a natural extension of this Court's commitment to transparency. We are using technology to improve public service. If the public can see this Court in action -- now from their own PCs and in the convenient settings of home, office or school -- they will be better informed about their government."
The Supreme Court has long made its hearings available outside the Hall of Justice, broadcasting its oral arguments and other proceedings via Michigan Government Television beginning in 1996; MGTV ceased broadcasting in December 2012.
The Court also offers archived video of its hearings on the State Bar of Michigan’s “Virtual Court” page at http://michbar.org/courts/virtualcourt.cfm . In addition, the Court holds oral arguments outside Lansing twice a year as part of its “Court Community Connections” program.
Case summaries, prepared by the Court’s Office of Public Information, are online with briefs in the cases at http://courts.mi.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/Clerks/Oral-Arguments/Pages/default.aspx .
The court's live streaming can be seen here.
Source : Michigan Newswire, March 4, 2013.
For the full article, see "Supreme Streaming Starts Tomorrow", Inside MIRS Today, March 4, 2013.
Full access to MIRSNews.com is available via the MSU Library electronic resources page. Access is restricted to the MSU community and other subscribers.
Thirteen escaped or freed slaves petition the legislature to start a church. Their efforts lead to the formation of the Second Baptist Church – the first African American church in Detroit. Its members met in various halls and schools until 1857, when the group purchased the Zion Reformed Evangelical Church on the site of the present Second Baptist Church.
Source : Michigan is Amazing
You had to be careful what you published in early Michigan. Detroit Gazette editor John P. Sheldon was fined for writing articles critical of the territorial courts, and jailed when he refused to pay. What would they have done with Rush Limbaugh?
Source : Historical Society of Michigan.
EVIP Likely Out In Senate Revenue Sharing Budget
The money for the Economic Vitality Incentive Program will remain, but the program will likely be out when the Senate moves its version of the general government budget. Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), chair of the Senate Appropriations General Government Subcommittee, urged the Department of Treasury and local government groups to work out a plan that would move the $243 million proposed for the current EVIP and $28.5 million in supplemental EVIP into the revenue sharing formula.
Report Shows No Achievement Growth For EAA ON MEAP
Compared to their 2012 Michigan Educational Assessment Program scores, the largest portion of students attending an Education Achievement Authority-run school saw their performance remain the same for 2013, according to an analysis by the Detroit Data and Democracy Project released Tuesday. And of those whose performance did change, far more it was for the worse.
House Passes Supplemental, Conference Committee Likely
The House passed its version of the supplemental appropriations bill on Tuesday without covering the Health Insurance Claims Assessment shortfall and instead putting more money into roads, but the bill likely will head to a conference committee as the Senate is not supportive of the changes. The bill (SB 608*), which provides $215 million for roads, passed 65-44, with seven Democrats voting yes and five Republicans voting no. The board remained open for quite some time with only 55 affirmative votes, not enough to pass the bill. A few members held out on their votes, likely not wanting to vote no on more road funding. Democrats criticized the bill saying they supported the Senate version, which provided $100 million for roads and filled the HICA shortfall, among other things. The Democrats said by not filling the shortfall, Republicans were supporting an unbalanced budget.
Panel Gets Started On Changes To Concealed Pistol Licenses
A major change to how people obtain concealed pistol licenses got its first legislative hearing Tuesday, but state and local officials both raised concerns on the proposal's concept of scrapping local gun boards in favor of the State Police doing background checks and county clerks approving permits.
Senate Passes PPT Bills, Medical Marijuana Use Prohibition
Just one week after a 10-bill package was introduced changing how local units of government are reimbursed for phasing out the personal property tax on industrial property, the Senate passed the package with the support of all but two members.
Compromise On Logoed Barware Clears House Committee
One of the harder-fought legislative battles of the term appears to have ended in compromise as the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association and other groups agreed to a bill that would allow retailers to purchase a limited array of items like glasses and napkins bearing the logos of the drink brands they sell.
Bridge Supporters Mixed On Obama Budget Prospects For Customs Plaza
President Barack Obama's budget contains no direct funding to build the U.S. customs plaza at the new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, but there is a pool of $486 million for customs and border protection construction and facilities management that backers of the new bridge said Michigan's congressional delegation should target for the new plaza.
New Anti-Peters Ad With Cancer Patient Omits Unaffordable Claims
Americans for Prosperity has launched a second television advertisement featuring the Dexter woman fighting leukemia, but while she again tears into Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters for his support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, unlike the first ad she makes no claim that the law has proven unaffordable to her.
Senate Energy Committee Starts Discussing 2008 Energy Law
The Senate Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday began discussing two of four aspects of updating the state's 2008 energy law overhaul mandating a renewable energy standard, energy efficiency goals, and the pros and cons of electric choice in the marketplace.
Snyder Signs Juvenile Sentencing Changes
Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Tuesday legislation bringing Michigan into at least partial compliance with the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring automatic sentences of life in prison without possibility of parole for juveniles
Support For Pre-School Expansion Voiced At House Subcommittee
The House Appropriations School Aid Subcommittee on Tuesday heard support from various groups about Governor Rick Snyder's recommendation to make Michigan a "no-wait state" for early childhood education and expand the state's program to open up 16,000 more spots for students.
Corrections, MSU To Join On Prisoner Health Models
The Department of Corrections and Michigan State University announced a partnership Tuesday that will result in development of health care models for inmates. Among the plans for the new collaborative is development of a preventative health care program for inmates and a disease management approach to health care within prisons. Corrections will take medical students for rotations in the facilities and MSU will provide certain specialists to the department. MSU will also help the department recruit a chief medical officer who will serve both as the executive lead in the department and as teaching faculty at the university.
Economic Development Agencies Boast Accomplishments To House Panel
The House Appropriations General Government Subcommittee heard from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Land Bank on Tuesday, the agencies made their case for receiving the recommended funding for fiscal year 2014-15.
The House Health Policy Committee reported on Tuesday legislation (HB 5345, HB 5346, HB 5347, HB 5348, HB 5349, HB 5350, HB 5351 and HB 5352), which would remove the word "retarded" from state statute and replace it with "developmental disability" or "intellectually disabled." The package of bills was advanced to Third Reading on the House floor and will be passed on Wednesday.
A video of Governor Rick Snyder talking about his philosophy and his accomplishments has been posted by the Republican Governors Association. The video is one of the videos filmed of all the GOP governors up for re-election this year, speaking about their efforts in their home states and what they see as the problems in Washington, D.C.
Virtual Schools Report
The National Education Policy Center and the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice released their second annual report on virtual schools. "While there has been some improvement in what is known about supplemental K-12 online learning, there continues to be a lack of reliable and valid evidence to guide the practice of full-time K-12 online learning. Yet it is the full-time K-12 online learning that has seen the greatest growth in recent years," Michael Barbour of Sacred Heart University, one of the authors of the study, said.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 42, March 4, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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