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Detroit Free Press: Michigan Senate panel OKs bills on adoption and religion

LANSING – On 4-1 party-line votes, the Senate Families Seniors and Human Services passed three bills that will allow Faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to serve prospective parents based on their religious beliefs. April 22, 2015 — Detroit Free Press


MLIVE: Carbon costs Michigan citizens who can least afford it, report says

LANSING, MI — Clean energy may be a buzzword among the white collar set, but a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy finds that low income people would benefit more from its adoption. April 18, 2015 — MLIVE

Midwest Energy News: Report: Cutting carbon can benefit low-income ratepayers

Low-income residents’ health and pocketbooks are disproportionately affected by burning fossil fuels, and they stand to benefit the most as states comply with federal carbon regulations, according to two new reports released last week. April 20, 2015 — Midwest Energy News

MLIVE: Sluggish incomes and government mistrust may torpedo Proposal 1

If the polls are to be believed, Michigan voters are likely to defeat the May 5 ballot question that would boost the sales tax to fix the state’s decrepit roads. April 19, 2015 — MLIVE

MLIVE: More action needed to improve early literacy

There’s a new spotlight on the long-standing problem of third-grade reading proficiency among Michigan schoolchildren. April 16, 2015 — MLIVE


Lansing State Journal: Lansing’s iconic Eckert Plant faces complex fate

LANSING – The Board of Water & Light’s Eckert Power Plant — known for its iconic triple smokestack — is on life support and creating a challenge bigger than Interim General Manager Dick Peffley has seen in 39 years with the utility. April 16, 2015 — Lansing State Journal


MLIVE: Working poor may see modest tax break under Michigan roads Proposal 1

LANSING, MI — Michigan Proposal 1 will ask state residents to pay more to fix the state’s crumbling roads, but some working poor may eventually see a modest tax break. April 13, 2015 — MLIVE

WLNS: Kids Count Project Receives $85,000 Grant

(WLNS) – Kids Count in Michigan just received a nice financial boost.

The Skillman Foundation has awarded an $85,000 grant to the Michigan League for public Policy for its Kids Count project. April 13, 2015 — WLNS


Lansing State Journal: Judy Putnam: Child abuse prevention losing ground

LANSING – Charisse Tuell was a severely stressed-out mom when she walked into a local child abuse prevention office six years ago seeking a break. She left her infant in a respite child care program for more than two hours but never even made it out of the building — instead falling asleep on a sofa in the office’s family lounge. April 12, 2015 — Lansing State Journal


Crain’s: With revenue shortfall, Snyder may fall short on health ‘lockbox’ goal


When championing Medicaid expansion under health care reform in 2013, Gov. Rick Snyder spoke often about his desire to place half of the near $1 billion in state savings over the next decade into a “health savings lockbox.” April 12, 2015 — Crain’s


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