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The GME Question: Snyder, Providers At Odds On Value
In explaining why Governor Rick Snyder cut the Graduate Medical Education program and proposed a plan to end state taxpayer-funded support for it, he and his staff have said that Michigan's support for GME relative to other states is high and that the best way to fund hospitals is through payment for patient care.
Snyder Pushes More Education-Economic Interaction
Governor Rick Snyder pushed for more emphasis on career and technical education as he launched the first merger of the Governor's Education Summit and the Governor's Economic Summit. Noting that the education and economic development people had tended to segregate themselves in the room, he urged participants for the remainder of Monday's events and through the day Tuesday to mingle and share ideas.
Gamrat Drafting Bill To Eliminate CON, Calling It A ‘Death Panel'
Rep. Cindy Gamrat plans to introduce a bill to eliminate the Certificate of Need process for vetting medical facility proposals from providers, calling the commission a "death panel," invoking one of the most famous, or infamous, depending on one's politics, terms of the federal health care debate. Hospitals and other entities must obtain a Certificate of Need for certain projects, including increasing beds or operating a new facility. The 11-member commission is appointed by the governor, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
On Proposal 1, Chamber Neutral, Manufacturers Endorse
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, one of the more prominent voices supporting increased transportation funding in recent years, said Monday it will remain neutral on Proposal 15-1 to raise the sales tax as part of a plan in increase road funding by $1.2 billion.
Everyone Responsible For Proposal 1 Messaging, Bolger Says
Former House Speaker Jase Bolger said Monday that he never thought voter passage of Proposal 15-1 to increase the sales tax was a sure thing, but as the clock is ticking, it's the responsibility of everyone who voted for and believed in the plan to make sure their constituents know to vote yes.
Education Board Could Have Superintendent Finalists Tuesday
When the State Board of Education meets Tuesday to discuss applicants for superintendent of public instruction, it could have a list of as many as eight finalists, board President John Austin told Gongwer News Service on Monday.
Bolger Enjoying ‘Former' Title
Former House Speaker Jase Bolger said he is "immensely" enjoying the title of a "former" legislator as he resumes running his old business and growing his new consulting business, the latter of which has him splitting time between his hometown, Marshall, and Grand Rapids.
Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Building Fees
Whether excess building permit fees violate the state's Headlee Amendment will be before the Supreme Court as it holds oral arguments on March 10 and March 11.
Film Office Awards 3 Incentives To Detroit Company
Three projects expected to generate nearly 100 jobs and more than $3.7 million in the state have been approved for film incentives by the Michigan Film Office, and all three projects will be produced by Exxodus Pictures Studio in downtown Detroit.
New State Police School Begins Sessions
Eighty-five prospective new Department of State Police troopers reported Sunday to the department's training academy. For the next 21 weeks, the recruits will receive training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. Days run from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PSC Annual Report Released
The Public Service Commission awarded nearly $90 million in low-income energy assistance grants to various organizations in 2014 and extended its consumer outreach efforts by attending 75 efforts throughout the state, the PSC concluded in its annual report to Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 43, March 2, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
Michigan students and teachers can usually count on a few snow days each winter, but the past few years have seen the snow -- and days off from school -- pile up.
The Legislature has previously considered measures to add to the snow day limit or make up instructional time when brutal winters have wracked the state. Districts on average missed 9.5 days last year, according to the state.
But in the age of the Internet and iPads in schools, do schools really have to miss out on instruction time when the weather is bad?
Currently, the state can't credit districts for instructional time if teachers decide to assign work digitally on a snow day, according to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
But a few other states have experimented with the concept, although with numerous controls in place to ensure instruction time actually occurs at home.
For the full article, see "Credit Schools For Assigning Work On Snow Days? Other States Do It", Inside MIRS Today, March 2, 2015.
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The Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, a statewide coalition, launched a push Monday, March 2, to advocate for all Michigan workers to have earned, paid sick leave.
"(We're) really pushing our state policy makers to take action to guarantee earned sick leave for all workers in Michigan," said Dave Woodward, with the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan. "This is an issue that's really important to all workers. More than a million people across this state do not have access to earned sick leave to take care of themselves when they're sick, to take care of a child or an elderly parent, and that's just wrong.
"We need to do right by our workers, right by our community and, frankly, it's long overdue."
The Earned Sick Leave Coalition announced the launch of the new campaign a few weeks after House and Senate Democrats on Thursday, Feb. 5, announced legislation to mandate paid sick leave, a change they say would affect 1 million Michigan workers.
The legislation would require employers to offer one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours a person works. For somebody working 40 hours a week, that would equate to 69.3 hours or 8.7 standard eight-hour work days of sick leave per year. It would apply to both part-time and full-time employees.
For the full article, see Sarah Schuch, "Earned, paid sick leave legislation is goal of new statewide coalition ", MLive, March 2, 2015.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, a leading business group with deep pockets and roughly 6,700 members, announced Monday that it will remain neutral on the state's May 5 road and sales tax proposal.
President and CEO Rich Studley said the chamber appreciates Gov. Rick Snyder's push to fix the roads, but "has concluded there is not a consensus within our membership" to support or oppose the statewide ballot proposal.
"Therefore, the Michigan Chamber will not take a position for or against Proposal 1," Studley said in a statement. "Between now and May 5, the Chamber will focus our efforts on educating and informing Chamber members about the proposal."
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan Chamber to sit out roads Proposal 1", MLive, March 2, 2015.
Conditions for Michigan’s kids are progressing in some areas of child well-being but in others…. well, let’s just say we’ve got some major work ahead of us, particularly when it comes to economic security. That’s the upshot of the newly released Kids Count in Michigan Data Book.
Fortunately, the budget plan spelled out by Gov. Rick Snyder last month does a good job in a tight budget year of addressing inequities by making some investments that will drive improvements for Michigan’s kids.
Most welcome is a $49 million initiative to improve the chances of more children reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
If approved by lawmakers, the initiative would ramp up school and family programs to identify children with developmental delays as early as possible, pay for additional instruction before or after school or during the summer and put literacy coaches around the state, among other interventions. This plan focuses on the positive – getting all kids reading by the end of third grade. This is a good direction for Michigan, and we applaud the governor for his leadership in this critical area.
Other highlights in the budget include $100 million in additional funding for children at risk of falling behind their peers academically. This is a significant increase (up from $309 million) and would go to help students from families with low incomes.
It was also heartening to see $6 million for new child care inspectors. Michigan’s caseloads are far too high, as the League pointed out in a January report. Making sure kids in child care are in safe environments is a smart economic strategy – good for families and good for businesses.
The governor’s budget also expands the Healthy Kids Dental plan for all children 0-8 to the three remaining counties without the plan: Wayne, Oakland and Kent. In 80 other counties the plan is available to all children 0-17 on Medicaid. That means that 63% of African American kids eligible for Medicaid but only 28% of white Medicaid-eligible children live in the three counties without the program. As the Kids Count in Michigan report points out, that’s a racial inequity that needs to be addressed.
All children, no matter where they live, should have access to oral healthcare.
The budget also increases funding for mental health services for people not eligible for Medicaid and offers $6 million in new funding for community college independent part-time student grants. The governor’s plan would reverse the trend in Michigan, which has ended all grant programs for adult learners to attend public higher education institutions. Helping parents improve their skills and job readiness is another positive move for kids.
The Kids Count report makes policy recommendations to address child well-being. Among them is encouraging voters to vote ‘yes’ on the May 5 road funding ballot. This is the last, best chance we have to fix the roads while protecting working families with low incomes. A successful ballot proposal will trigger the restoration of the state Earned Income Tax Credit to 20%, helping more than 1 million children in our state.
In light of growing child poverty, the Kids Count report also calls for restoration of safety net programs that have taken a huge hit in recent years: unemployment insurance and cash and food assistance. In addition, child care subsidies haven’t kept pace with inflation and parents have to be poorer and poorer and poorer to qualify each year.
While the governor’s budget unfortunately does not beef up those programs, it does address some very critical needs for children and families, including the grade-level reading initiative. It appears that kids do count in the executive budget.
Today's First Tuesday has special significance to the League family as it is our communications director's last First Tuesday. More than seven years ago, Judy Putnam was hired as the League's first-ever communications director. In that time span, Judy has taken the League to new heights. Now many in Michigan know about the League's work, Kids Count, and our budget and tax work. She has helped shape the League to be the premier "go to" organization on issues of income security and the well-being of kids in Michigan.
Judy has been offered a “dream job” as a columnist at the Lansing State Journal, and I know that she will continue to report on many of the issues that the League cares so deeply about.
I will miss her sense of humor, her editing (AP style), her incredible networking, her smarts and friendship. On behalf of the board, staff and millions of people in our great state, I thank her for helping to change so many lives through relentless advocacy and wisdom.
Source : Gilda Z. Jacobs, "Making kids count in the state budget", First Tuesday : Michigan League for Public Policy March 2, 2015.
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