CNS budget, Nov. 18, 2022

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Week 11 – 11/18/22

CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

Welcome to the 11th CNS file of the 2022 fall semester. 

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295,

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SAT – Michigan is one of only a few states that still require students to take the writing portion of the SAT college entrance test. School officials say it is no longer needed because colleges often have their own writing test and do not require the SAT one for entrance. But the Michigan Department of Education says student achievement in writing is important and should be measured. Story references lawmakers from Detroit and Davison. By Janelle James. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS

ACCESSIBLE CHILD CARE: Some Michigan families pay more for child care than their monthly housing costs. Child care advocates are calling for more government help. Recently the state directed federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act to child care providers across the state. The money is intended to stabilize these providers and keep them from closing. By Sarah Atwood. FOR MIDLAND AND ALL POINTS

LANGUAGE ACCESS: Advocates are pushing for ballots to be in several languages and for more translation services at state agencies and other initiatives to expand language access in Michigan. The state budget includes $700,000 to make it easier for non-English speakers to access state services and an additional $260,000 to hire coordinators to oversee the expansion. Expansion language access would allow immigrants and people whose first language isn’t English to interact with state agencies in the language that they are most comfortable speaking. Advocates want more trained state translators and interpreters proficient in multiple languages, and training for staff at state agencies on how to interact with people with limited English proficiency. We talk to the League for Public Policy and advocates in Detroit and Battle Creek. By Janelle James. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS

DRIVER’S LICENSES: Undocumented Michiganders are fighting for the right to obtain a driver’s license, an action supporters say could generate $100 million for the state. The Drive SAFE initiative could pave the way. Bills introduced last year will die at the end of 2022 but advocates hope to push it in the next legislative session. We talk to a Sparta apple grower who supports the legislation, a state senator from Ann Arbor and the League for Public Policy. By Liam Jackson. FOR LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, GREENVILLE, CORP! MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, WKTV, BLISSFIELD, ADRIAN, OCEANA, LUDINGTON, IONIA, HOLLAND, HILLSDALE, FOWLERVILLE, BIG RAPIDS, MONTMORENCY AND ALL POINTS. 

EAT FISH HEALTH: An advisory program designed for the Anishinaabe is a useful tool for tracking fish consumption in Great Lakes tribes, and a new app provides personalized advice regarding chemical contaminant levels in fish. The app called “Gigiigoo’inaan,” which means “Our Fish” in Ojibwe, is the product of collaboration among the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority and the Medical College of Wisconsin as part of a project aiming to increase environmental health literacy in tribal communities. By Abigail Comer. FOR BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA, ALPENA, MONROE, HOLLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY AND ALL POINTS.

         w/EAT FISH HEALTH PHOTO: Gigiigoo’inaan uses Ojibwe names and art to share culturally relevant health information for users. Credit: Journal of Great Lakes Research

WIND FOR SHIPS: Will the future see the return of wind-powered cargo ships on the Great Lakes? One company has received design approval for its planned wind-powered ships, which some experts say can help decarbonize the shipping industry on the Great Lakes. We talk to the company planning to build the ships, a U-M expert and the Lake Carriers’ Association. By Audrey Richardson. FOR MONROE, DETROIT, ALPENA, ALCONA, CHEBOYGAN, OCEANA, BENZIE, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, CORP!, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CHEBOYGAN AND BUSINESS OR NEWS PAGES OF ALL POINTS.

w/WIND FOR SHIPS PHOTO1: The American Bureau of Sailing recently approved the design of Veer Groups’ sailing vessels. Credit: Veer Group

SKIN CANCER: Residents of Michigan’s rural counties are much more likely to get melanoma – skin cancer – than their urban counterparts. A principal reason: lack of dermatologists in rural areas. Thirty-eight of the state’s 62 rural counties have none. Counties with the highest rates of new skin cancer cases are Lenawee, Leelanau, Emmet, Antrim, Charlevoix, Benzie, Ottawa, Wexford, Missaukee, Bay, Jackson, Livingston and Cheboygan. We talk to the lead researcher at Trinity Health Ann Arbor Hospital and leaders of the Michigan Dermatological Society from Wayne State Med School and Dearborn. By Eric Freedman: For ALCONA, ALPENA, MIDLAND, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MONTMORENCY. PETOSKEY, HERALD REVIEW, LAKE COUNTY, HOLLAND, CRAWFORD COUNTY, CLARE COUNTY, BENZIE COUNTY, MANISTEE, ST. IGNACE, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, ADRIAN, BLISSFIELD, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, FOWLERVILLE, CHEBOYGAN, LUDINGTON, OCEANA, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.