Items of potential interest to government documents librarians or government information managers in Michigan. For more information contact Jon Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Kate Murphy, "A cull is a kill, and it’s an overreaction to deer ‘problem’" : In saying, “Bambi, begone,” let’s remember the facts about deer eradication in urban and suburban areas. It may not even work very well.
Wednesday is the anniversary of Healthy Michigan, the state's popular Medicaid expansion program that has led to 600,000 low-income adults making below 133 percent of the poverty line to be enrolled in government health insurance under the federal health care law. Now, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is working to ensure the program continues for Amick and others.
The 2013 law establishing Healthy Michigan — enacted by the Republican-controlled Legislature despite GOP strife over embracing a key component of "Obamacare" — requires the state to get a second waiver from the Obama administration by year's end or the program will end on April 30, 2016. Under the waiver request mandated in the law, adults who have been enrolled for four years would have to buy private insurance through a health exchange or pay higher copays and contribute more to health savings accounts — a maximum 7 percent of income instead of the current 5 percent.
Like now, copays could be reduced if participants undergo an annual health risk assessment to flag obesity, alcohol use and smoking.
For the full article, see David Eggert, "Medicaid expansion enrollment soars; waiver hurdle remains ", The State, May 28, 2015.
Might there be a MeL gateway you have not fully explored yet? If so, the one I'd like to suggest you spend some time with is the Government Gateway . This gateway is all things Michigan government and then some. Curious about the RSS feeds available from state agencies and departments? (you will find them in the State of Michigan Forms, Publications and Media classification). How about an A to Z list of online services offered by state agencies which is searchable by department or theme? (this is found in the State of Michigan interactive/online services classification) And this gem, Michigan Codes and ordinances for selected municipalities as provided by American Legal Publishing (found in the FROM local governments classification). Labor Market Information Publications, State Surplus lists, Trial Court Directory, and many more unique resources are all waiting for you in the MeL Government Gateway.
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Detroit library officials expected one or two curious people to show up when Barbara Cohn led her first tour of the main Detroit Public Library last December. Instead, that tour, and each one since, has been oversubscribed.
Next month’s tour already has 44 people signed up. When you ask those who have attended about the library tours, they tend to use superlatives. “It was amazing,” said Wendy Rose Bice, director of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. Her group commissioned a private tour — $10 a person, minimum of 10 people — that drew 56 people, not including a waitlist.
“Never in our wildest imaginations could we have anticipated the excitement and attendance we’ve seen,” says Patrice Merritt, executive director of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library Foundation, of the free, once-a-month Saturday tours, now booked through June.
Cohn, an art history major in college and longtime docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts, wandered into the library in January 2013. She was stunned by the art — vast murals on the third floor and up the grand staircase, elaborate wrought iron and brass fixtures, a massive Pewabic fireplace memorializing children’s stories.
Like so much of Detroit, the library, built to rival the nation’s most extravagant temples to books, was waiting to be rediscovered when Cohn crossed Woodward from the DIA to see the library she remembered from childhood.
When Cohn asked for a tour, she was told there were none. So with the encouragement of Merritt, she developed one herself, digging deep into the 1921 library’s archives, schooling herself in the library’s lore. She served as the first tour guide Dec. 7. But she’s trained a dozen more, as the “Wonders of the Detroit Public Library Art and Architecture Tour” gathers followers, a Facebook page, a tour hotline (313) 481-1358, and website (www.dplfriends.com).
Every tour features a few unexpected treasures from the library. Perhaps the most surprising is an 1883 metal inlay cabinet once owned by Russian royals and later presented by Josef Stalin to Charles Sorensen, an early Ford executive, who worked with the Soviets on a 1929 contract to build tractors. His widow donated the chest after his death.
The library, seeded by $375,000 in Andrew Carnegie funds, ballooned to a $2.3 million project by the time it was completed in 1921. The city commissioned Cass Gilbert, fresh from his Manhattan Woolworth Building triumph, to design the marble and limestone building. Mary Stratton, the founder of Pewabic Pottery, created the elaborate fireplace, with individual tiles commemorating characters from children’s literature.
Visitors have written letters and emails to Merritt, thanking her. “We are excited that there’s so much interest in the unique pieces in the library,” says Jo Anne Mundowney, the DPL executive director. She hopes the tours fan excitement for next year’s 150th anniversary of the first Detroit public library.
A year ago, Cohn was a stranger to the library. Today, it’s her passion: She was invited to join the library Friends Foundation’s board of directors, and has been the driving force behind the tours.
Cohn’s been overwhelmed by the public response. “For many visitors, it’s a rediscovery. I’ve had people come up to me with tears in their eyes, saying ‘thank you,’ ” she says. “They’re so happy to be in the library again, and so proud of the city of Detroit.”
More than 300 people have toured the library during Detroit’s most brutal winter on record — a tribute to the untapped reverence Detroiters, in the city and suburbs, have for the city and its historic institutions
For the full article, see Laura Berman, "Tours let people rediscover Detroit Public Library", Detroit News, March 28, 2014.
While it is still available, check out Treasures of the Detroit Public Library Photo Gallery, March 28, 2014.
On March 28, 1977, the worst outbreak of botulism in the nation's history occurred when 59 people contracted the disorder after eating food at a Pontiac Mexican restaurant. The source : home canned peppers.
Though all but two of the victims were hospitalized -- some in critical condition -- through quick identification of the toxin, which was one of the deadliest poisons known, fatalities were averted.
Bryan Times via Google News, April 4, 1977.
Source: Mich-Again's Day
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