Jan. 24, 2020
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COMMERCIAL GUIDES: Commercial hunting and fishing guides would need state licenses under a proposal pending in a House committee. Supporters say that would provide additional safety for hunters and anglers if guides must carry liability insurance and know CPR and first aid. Sponsors include lawmakers from North Branch, Portland and Marquette. We talk to Michigan United Conservation Clubs which is pushing for the legislation, DNR and guides who work in Grand Traverse, Ottawa, Charlevoix and Tuscola counties. For news and outdoors sections. By Joe Dandren. FOR IONIA, GREENVILLE, MARQUETTE, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.
TAX BREAKS: Senior Michiganians get one of the largest state income tax breaks in the country, regardless of their assets or income, putting a disproportionate and unfair financial burden on younger residents, a study says. However, legislating changes to target tax breaks to only lower-income seniors would be politically tough because proportionately more seniors than younger folks vote. By Josh Valiquette. FOR CORP!, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
FOOD ASSISTANCE: A lawmaker from Ingham County is pushing a resolution urging the Trump administration to repeal its new work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The new requirement, scheduled to take effect in April, could make 80,000 Michiganians ineligible for benefits. We talk to a Traverse City-based food assistance network serving Antrim, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Wexford, Leelanau and Kalkaska counties, the Michigan League for Public Policy and the state Department of Health and Human Services. Also references to Lake, Mason and Oceana counties. By Danielle James. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LAKE COUNTY, LUDINGTON, OCEANA, BENZIE, CADILLAC, BAY MILLS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.
NATIONAL PARKS: National parks in Michigan and across the country are in a $12 billion hole in funding for infrastructure repairs and deferred maintenance, according to a new report. Among those affected are Pictured Rocks, Isle Royale, Sleeping Bear Dunes and River Raisin National Battlefield. The mayor of Munising and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park superintendent discuss. By Kyle Davidson. FOR BLISSFIELD, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY, ST. IGNACE, LEELANAU, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.
w/DEFERRED PARK MAINTENANCE LIST. A list of deferred costs for maintaining national park facilities in Michigan.
MENTAL HEALTH: County jails need to do a better job handling inmates with mental health problems, a new state task report says. The task force used data from 20 counties including St. Joseph, Oceana, Grand Traverse, Mason, Mecosta, Allegan and Charlevoix. We talk to the Oceana County sheriff, Wayne State’s dean of social work and a Kent County commissioner who sat on the task force. By Katrianna Ray. FOR OCEANA, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, BIG RAPIDS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.