Ted Roelofs, "Michigan residents to Lansing: We don’t trust you to do the basics" : Whether it's education, public health or the influence of money in politics, a Center for Michigan report released today reveals a shocking lack of trust by Michigan residents in state government.... “State government is not living up to public expectations. The public does not trust state government to deliver on many of its key missions,” the report finds....
Nearly 380,000 Michigan residents get their water from systems that would fail to meet a tough new lead-safety standard proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, including those in Monroe, Bay City, Benton Harbor and Holland Township.
According to the Michigan Municipal League, Harry Lee Scott is the first black female mayor in Michigan. Born in Selma, Alabama, Harry Lee worked in the local foundry for most of her life. When she retired, she ran for mayor and won.
Ms. Scott was elected President of the Village in November 1981. She took office in 1982 and remained Village President until 1987. As a side note she married and becamse Harry Lee Scott Boglin.
Source: Charlotte W. Craig, "Harry Scott : Black, female, mayor", Detroit Free Press, March 21, 1982, p.A3.
On this day in 1946, the Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek (formerly the Battle Creek Sanitarium) installed the nation’s first microfilm projector. The device, made by University Microfilms and Argus Cameras of Ann Arbor, was used to project enlarged images on the ceilings of rooms of their bedridden patients.
Despite fierce criticism of the President of Marygrove College Dr. George Derry, Henry Ford decided to go ahead and have the Marxist painter Diego Rivera from Mexico complete his murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts and they were unveiled on this day.
The murals celebrated the American worker, particularly those on the production lines of car plants.
On March 21, 1891, Eau Claire was incorporated. First settled about 1850, the Berrien County settlement, whose name means in French "clear water," becomes a village.
Source: Michigan History Magazine
Michigan would borrow five million dollars to build 3 railroads and 2 canals across the state. After the Panic of 1837 and failure of the state's bonding agent, the state was broke and its credit was ruined. Two railroads were sold to private investors and the other projects were abandoned. One of the canals proposed by Governor Stephens D. Mason would eventually be built as the Soo Locks.
Source : Michigan Every Day
Major Changes, Including Statute Of Limitations, May Come To JTC
The Supreme Court is considering and could issue a series of major rules changes to the Judicial Tenure Commission that could include a three-year statute of limitations to look at judicial misconduct, the ability of the Supreme Court to advise on the hiring of the commission's executive director and put greater limits on the transparency of the judicial complaint process.
DPS Challenges Closures, Partnership Agreements