Items of potential interest to government documents librarians or government information managers in Michigan. For more information contact Jon Harrison at email@example.com.
Nathan Triplett, "CON Some communities see religious-freedom bill as setback for progress" : One Michigan mayor says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would undermine communities like East Lansing, which strive to be opening, welcome and diverse.
Ari Adler, "PRO Religious-freedom act would protect Michigan people of faith" : The RFRA is based on a federal law passed in 1993. Its opponents here are using outlandish claims to spread fear about its potential effect here.
Ari Adler, the press secretary for House Speaker Jase Bolger, has worked in public relations since at least 1997, but he concedes in a one-on-one interview with MIRS editor Kyle Melinn today his most recent post is the most difficult job he's ever had. Right to Work protests, emergency manager protests, the Roy Schmidt scandal and "Vaginagate." Adler looks back at these challenges, particularly in a quickly changing news environment, where social media and the drive to have news first adds new challenges to communications professionals.
With just a week remaining in the legislative session, both the House and the Senate have now passed competing plans aimed at raising revenue to shore up Michigan's deteriorating road system. How will those plans affect you as a motorist? Further, what impacts will have they have on schools, municipalities and other areas of the state budget?
CRC has posted a new analysis of the House and Senate plans on our CRC Column blog. Stakeholders suggest that the state needs to find an additional $1.2 billion to $2 billion in new annual revenue to stabilize Michigan's roads. Neither plan hits this target range for a number of years; the Senate in FY2018 and the House in FY2022.
The plans also differ on who ultimately should bear the burden of paying for the new investment in roads. The Senate plan asks motorists to pay more at the pump, while the House plan essentially shifts existing revenue from schools, local governments, and other state programs.
Read the full analysis here - The Road Funding Debate: Is a Compromise Coming?
Source: Citizens Research Council of Michigan, December 12, 2014.
The statewide news outlet MLive is continuing to present an inaccurate narrative about a House-passed road funding package, perpetuating an assertion that public schools will lose money if the bills become law, according to a Mackinac Center for Public Policy expert.
For the full article, see Tom Gantert, "Media Promotes False Narrative that Schools Will Lose Money on Roads Package; Schools projected to gain billions", Michigan Capitol Confidential (CAPCon), Mackinac Center for Public Policy, December 15, 2014.
At 6-feet 2-inches and 200 pounds, Charles Woodson is the third Michigan Wolverine to win the Heisman Trophy. The exciting junior cornerback garnered numerous post-season honors including First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Charles finished the season with eight interceptions. Woodson the versatile player also saw time as a receiver on offense and as a dangerous punt returner on special teams. Charles and the Wolverines finished the season with a 21-16 victory over Washington State in the Rose Bowl to go 12-0 on the season and to claim a share of the National Championship with Nebraska.
In his junior season in 1997, Woodson became the third Michigan player to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Tom Harmon (1940) and Desmond Howard (1991). Woodson received 282 more voting points than runner-up Peyton Manning. He was the first and is still the only primarily defensive player to win the prestigious award. Woodson is the last player to win the Heisman Trophy that is not a running back or quarterback. Woodson led the Michigan Wolverines to an undefeated season and a share of the national championship in the same year. He won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive college player. He was named to the All-Big Ten First-Team for the third year and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. It was his second year winning the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year award and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Woodson won the Jim Thorpe Award, an award which he was nominated for the previous year.
Throughout college, Woodson was known for big plays in big moments of a game. As a freshman he had two interceptions in a victory against the #2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. During his Heisman-winning junior year, he made an acrobatic one-handed sideline interception against the Michigan State Spartans. Woodson had two interceptions in the game. In a game against Ohio State, he returned a punt for a touchdown, made an interception in the end-zone, and had a 37-yard reception that led to Michigan's only offensive touchdown of the game. The win lifted Michigan to the Rose Bowl. Michigan played the Washington State Cougars in the Rose Bowl. Woodson recorded another end-zone interception in the game, helping Michigan defeat the Cougars and win a share of the 1997 national championship. In 2007, Woodson was ranked #11 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.
Woodson finished his college career with 18 interceptions and 30 passes defended.
|<< <||> >>|