Sept. 18, 2015 Budget

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Capital News Service Budget – Week 2
Sept. 18, 2015
To: CNS Editors
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MUCC AHEAD: On Monday, Sept. 21, your correspondents will interview Dan Eichinger, director of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. Potential topics include public lands policies, wildlife diseases, hunting and fishing regulations and legislative priorities.
Here’s your file:
GRAINBINDEATHS: The recent death of a Lansing-area man in a grain building collapse highlights the risk of danger to farmers and farm employees working in grain bins and silos. Last year, such accidents killed two workers in St. Joseph and Branch counties. There was a similar death in Arenac County in 2011. We hear from MIOSHA, the Farm Bureau, Michigan Agri-business Association and a Frankenmuth milling company. For news and agriculture desks. By Amelia Havanec. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, BLISSFIELD, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GLADWIN & ALL POINTS.
YOUNGENTREPRENEURS: Business groups are encouraging international students and recent graduates to start their own enterprises here. The timing is good, they say, because of low interest rates and access to financing. They also expose Americans to different services, products and cultures. The Small Business Association of Michigan and the owner of an East Lansing start-up restaurant from China discuss. For news and business sections. By Yuehan Liu. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
FOODBANKS: Eastern Michigan University’s launch of a campus food pantry for students and a similar move last year by Western Michigan University highlight a little-seen problem: Low-income university and community college students who don’t have enough to eat because the state made most of them ineligible for food assistance in 2011. Among the others: Grand Valley, U of M, Finlandia, MSU, Lake Michigan College, Saginaw Valley, Bay de Noc and Kirtland also have food banks for students. By Brooke Kansier. FOR GREENVILLE, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, LANSING CITY PULSE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, GLADWIN & ALL POINTS.
INTERNATIONALTOURISM: The state is ramping up efforts to attract tourists and visitors from China. It was a focus of the governor’s most recent trade mission to China. MEDC, the Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association and tourism promotion organizations in Detroit and Mackinac explain. By Zhao Peng. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, LEELANAU, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, MANISTEE & ALL POINTS.
REVITALIZEDSTARTUPS: Students and young entrepreneurs can launch startups that boost local economies, keep talent in Michigan and have an impact. Grand Valley’s entrepreneur-in-residence and the Small Business Association of Michigan explain. By Stephanie Hernandez McGavin. FOR GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS & ALL POINTS.
HIGHEREDCUTS: The reduction in state aid for public universities and the legislatively imposed cap on tuition hikes pose challenges for educators and students alike at a time of rising student loan debt. Oakland and Eastern lost state aid by ignoring the cap. We hear from the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, a Western Michigan University political scientist and Eastern Michigan University. By Brooke Kansier. FOR GREENVILLE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
CHECKPOINTS: Legislators from White Lake, Clare, Levering, Lake City and Detroit are among the lawmakers who want to prohibit law enforcement agencies from assisting with voluntary checkpoints where private companies test drivers for alcohol and drug use. We also talk to the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and an ACLU expert. By Eric Freedman. FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, BIG RAPIDS, GLADWIN, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.

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