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January 28, 2006 - 5:01:29 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

It's a tale of two states when Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her Republican rivals talk about Michigan's jobs picture.

It's also a tale of how statistics are manipulated for political purposes.

In her State of the State address Wednesday, Granholm claimed that Michigan has 90,000 more people working today than when she took office in January 2003. And she claims her administration has created or kept 327,000 jobs in the state.

Republicans countered that 160,000 jobs have been lost in Michigan under Granholm.

Who's right?



January 28, 2006 - 5:01:29 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

It's a tale of two states when Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her Republican rivals talk about Michigan's jobs picture.

It's also a tale of how statistics are manipulated for political purposes.

In her State of the State address Wednesday, Granholm claimed that Michigan has 90,000 more people working today than when she took office in January 2003. And she claims her administration has created or kept 327,000 jobs in the state.

Republicans countered that 160,000 jobs have been lost in Michigan under Granholm.

Who's right?



January 28, 2006 - 5:01:19 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News, Lobbyists, Ethics

While many people's attention has been focused on lobbying excesses in the U.S. Congress, Chris Christoff of the Detroit Free Press raises the questions of whether the same problems might happen in the Michigan Legislature.

According to Christoff, state laws to keep elected officials at a comfortable distance from lobbyists, special interests and money leave much to be desired. The free flow of money isn't stemmed by term limits. Lobbyists say the Lansing fund-raising circuit has only gotten busier and more expensive.



January 28, 2006 - 5:01:19 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News, Lobbyists, Ethics

While many people's attention has been focused on lobbying excesses in the U.S. Congress, Chris Christoff of the Detroit Free Press raises the questions of whether the same problems might happen in the Michigan Legislature.

According to Christoff, state laws to keep elected officials at a comfortable distance from lobbyists, special interests and money leave much to be desired. The free flow of money isn't stemmed by term limits. Lobbyists say the Lansing fund-raising circuit has only gotten busier and more expensive.



January 28, 2006 - 5:01:10 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Michigan's public universities have offered thousands of sparsely attended classes, allowed thousands of students to pad grades by taking the same classes over and over, and sometimes failed to monitor or correct faculty performance.

Those findings -- issued in state audits -- suggest that taxpayer-supported universities could do more to tighten operations as they battle for more government funding in dire economic times. The auditors' concerns come as students and parents face stiff annual tuition increases.



January 28, 2006 - 5:01:10 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Michigan's public universities have offered thousands of sparsely attended classes, allowed thousands of students to pad grades by taking the same classes over and over, and sometimes failed to monitor or correct faculty performance.

Those findings -- issued in state audits -- suggest that taxpayer-supported universities could do more to tighten operations as they battle for more government funding in dire economic times. The auditors' concerns come as students and parents face stiff annual tuition increases.



January 28, 2006 - 5:01:04 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

School administrators struggling to determine how they're going to pay for fingerprinting and background checks for their employees may soon rest easy. Legislation has been introduced requiring the state to pick up the tab for some school workers.

Laws aimed at protecting children from sex offenders took effect Jan. 1. They require fingerprinting and background checks for all school employees.



January 28, 2006 - 5:01:04 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

School administrators struggling to determine how they're going to pay for fingerprinting and background checks for their employees may soon rest easy. Legislation has been introduced requiring the state to pick up the tab for some school workers.

Laws aimed at protecting children from sex offenders took effect Jan. 1. They require fingerprinting and background checks for all school employees.



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