CNS Budget – May 3, 2019

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May 3, 2019 – final spring file

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Tony Cepak at (517) 803-6841;

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 432-5417 or (517) 899-1640

Editors: This is the final file of the spring semester. Next week we will move for  your consideration a budget of stories that moved earlier in the semester and that you may have missed.

Periodically through the summer we will move a package of environmental stories produced by our partner, Great Lakes Echo.


SCHOOLFUNDING: Gov. Whitmer’s 2020 budget proposal would increase school funding by more than a half-billion dollars. That sounds good. But the issue is complicated. Whitefish Township schools could get a significant boost per pupil because of its high rate of poverty. But the 45-cent gas tax increase built into the budget plan harms residents who often drive 60-plus miles for their jobs in the isolated region. It’s fair to say Whitmer’s school funding proposal will see plenty of negotiation. But the governor says she’s waiting. “So far, only crickets” from the Legislature, she recently told CNS reporters. We hear from  the governor, the Michigan Education Association, the Whitefish Township schools superintendent and a Midland senator. By Maxwell Evans. FOR SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS

WEEDANDGUNS: A proposed ban on shooting while high would be difficult to enforce, police say. Bills were recently introduced to establish a legal limit for a marijuana chemical in the blood of gun owners.  Police say that unlike alcohol, such measures are an inaccurate indicator of impaired behavior. They suggest that more police be trained to administer field sobriety tests. We hear from the Mason County sheriff and the executive directors of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. By Maxwell Evans. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE AND ALL POINTS


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