Michigan State University
September 27, 2016 - 12:30:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Nonprofit News

Nonprofits are finding it harder to get grants from foundations:  Among the reasons:

1)  Fewer grants are made for general operating support. Most nonprofits need general operating support for a broad set of needs that make any organization work, from staff development to strategic planning. Yet nonprofits report receiving fewer and fewer general operating grants.



September 27, 2016 - 8:58:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Bridge

Bridge Truth Squad, "Johnson fairly attacks Bergman’s residency and fish tale, but fouls on asset claim"   :   This Truth Squad inquiry begins with a one-page fact sheet, and ends with two men and their fish.



September 26, 2016 - 11:41:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Leonard Set To Lead House GOP As VerHeulen Concedes

Rep. Robert VerHeulen conceded Monday the race to lead the House Republican Caucus in the 2017-18 term to Rep. Tom Leonard III.

National Report Raises Concerns States' Finances

State and local tax revenues are growing more slowly than in previous years, a national report has found, raising concerns about meeting future budget needs.

Brader: Energy Efficiency Best Route To Comply With Federal Rule



September 26, 2016 - 10:59:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Michigan's state and local unfunded liabilities is a problem that is only compounding with time, warned former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker in his report to West Michigan business leaders today.

Speaking at the West Michigan Policy Forum, Walker tackled the weighty topic of Michigan's challenge to fund its retirement obligation in a report compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).



September 26, 2016 - 8:16:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Aged, Demographics

The graying of the Baby Boomers is becoming increasingly evident in U.S. Census data.

The latest demographic twist: The percentage of Michigan households with a senior citizen now outnumbers the percentage of households with children.

That's based on the results of the Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey, the results of which were released earlier this month.



September 26, 2016 - 5:51:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Energy

The business case for cheaper carbon reduction efforts in Michigan can be made in large part on energy efficiency programs that encourage customers to use less electricity, according to new state projections out this week.

New modeling results released Monday as part of the state's work to comply with new federal carbon rules suggest that energy efficiency programs would be among the least-expensive ways Michigan could reduce its carbon emissions.



September 26, 2016 - 3:05:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS Podcasts

Why is T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs having a hard time calling the event between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a "debate?" Is this presidential election good for the country? And why are some not trusting the polls? Bucholz and Tom Shields, president of the Marketing Resource Group answers these and other questions.



September 26, 2016 - 1:40:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Grant and Loan Opportunities

Support for Financial Programs Targeting the Underserved
MetLife Foundation: Financial Inclusion Grant Program



September 26, 2016 - 1:08:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Freedom of Information

The state Senate is in a position to dramatically improve transparency and help restore a weary public's faith in government lost during the Flint water crisis.

We applaud the House's passage of a bill that would extend open records laws to the governor's office and Legislature. The overwhelming bipartisan support was also commendable.



September 26, 2016 - 8:44:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Legislature

The Michigan Legislature is actually one of the younger governing bodies among the 50 states, with an average age of about 52, according to an LSJ analysis of lawmakers' biographies on Gongwer News Service. Pew said in a December report that the average age of all legislatures is 56.

Millennials make up 13% of lawmakers here, compared to just 5% nationwide.

Yet Millennials still are underrepresented at the Capitol considering they are are 28% of Michigan's voting population. Nationwide, Millennials are 31% of the voting-age population, Pew says.



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