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Johnson Talks ELCRA, Potential Budget Increase For Civil Rights
Friday, March 31, 2023

Department of Civil Rights Director John Johnson said the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act will not affect how the department has been investigating LGBTQ complaints, however, an increase in funding for the 2023-24 fiscal could go a long way in expanding the department's abilities.

Nesbitt Rips Dem Legislature's 'Progressive Left-Wing Agenda' So Far
Friday, March 31, 2023

Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt said majority Democrats have begun the current legislative term by ramming through what he called far-left policies to appease political allies without thought about the long-term effect on the economy and strength of the state.

Educators Tell Senate Dems They Need School Safety, Retention Supports
Thursday, March 30, 2023

KENTWOOD – Western Michigan educators and administrators told lawmakers that additional support for school safety is needed along with additional efforts to attract and retain teachers and provide flexibility in the K-12 curriculum during a roundtable discussion on Thursday.

Corrections, Advocates Seeking Changes To Medically Frail Parole
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Only one inmate has been released under the 2019 law that allows for medically frail individuals to be paroled before serving their minimum sentence, prompting officials and advocates to call for changes in the statute to make the policy work better.

Brinks: Gratifying To Move Huge Policy Items In Fast Session Start
Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks during a Tuesday interview said she was proud of the achievements of her caucus in the opening months of the new legislative term, saying she was very satisfied with the rapid movement to achieve several big policy wins in only a few months.

Direct Care Orgs: Higher Pay Needed to Keep Behavioral Health System Functional
Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Compensation is too low to keep direct care workers on the job, according to the results of a workforce survey conducted by Incompass Michigan and the Michigan Assisted Living Association.

Whitmer Says Announcement On Income Tax To Come 'Soon'
Monday, March 27, 2023

GRAND RAPIDS – Governor Gretchen Whitmer once again discussed gun violence as a uniquely American problem during a visit on Monday to a Grand Rapids non-profit on a trip to highlight food insecurity and her budget proposal for free breakfast and lunch for Michigan students where she also said more information on a potential income tax cut will happen "soon."

Right To Work Group Sends Legal Notices Of Rights To Workers
Monday, March 27, 2023

A national group that backs state right to work laws on Monday announced it will be sending out legal notices to public and private sector employees across Michigan to what they described as a push to inform them of their rights in the wake of lawmakers repealing the state's right to work law.

3rd Grade Reading, Right To Work, Prevailing Wage Bills Signed By Whitmer
Friday, March 24, 2023

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced via press release that she signed into law three key priorities for the Democratic majority.

Benson Passes On U.S. Senate Run
Friday, March 24, 2023

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a Friday video announcement said she would not seek the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2024, saying her work to protect the democratic process in her current role was critical and demanding of her undivided attention.

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