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The First 100 Days of Michigan’s New CEO

Apr 24, 2019

Campaigns create interesting promises…Winning an election creates incredible opportunities for the victors. But the vastness of change that occurs when we elect a new chief executive is unimaginable to the normal person. Put yourself in the position of taking over a company with nearly $60 billion in annual revenue as well as tens of thousands of […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Apr 23, 2019

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do.  Even Borrowers Agree, Student Debt Is Worth It – Although the financial commitment may be high, many financial experts agree a college education is the best […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Apr 22, 2019

Spring means many things; flowers, baseball, and warmer days. But for MLC President Tim Ward it means one important thing – the end of cycling to nowhere fast. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order creating the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration. March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady for the sixth […]

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Bipartisan Group to Review Michigan’s Criminal Justice System

Apr 19, 2019

The state’s jail and court data will be reviewed under an Executive Order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday. E.O. 2019-10 forms the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, who will review the data to look for expanded alternatives to jail, safely reduce jail admissions and length of stay, and improve the […]

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Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

Apr 19, 2019

March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady for the sixth consecutive month at 4%. During the month, total employment increased by 7,000, while the number of unemployed increased by 3,000. The state’s total workforce has advanced by 11,000 since February. The March 2019 rate was four-tenths of a percentage point below the March 2018 rate […]

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Raise the Age Continues Forward Momentum

Apr 19, 2019

Seventeen-year-olds would be treated as juveniles in the criminal justice system under legislation reported by the House Judiciary Committee this week. Currently, Michigan is one of four states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults. Under the bipartisan package, beginning October 1, 2021, seventeen-year-olds would be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances. […]

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House Committee to Tackle Infrastructure Problems

Apr 19, 2019

The House Transportation Committee will begin six weeks of special hearings to discuss Michigan road funding and the quality of our roads. Committee Chairman Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) announced the goal of the increased number of committee meetings is to take a more comprehensive look inside the road system and how to deliver the best […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of April 20 – 26, 2019

Apr 19, 2019

The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule.

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