CNS budget, Feb. 2, 2024

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CNS BUDGET Feb. 2, 2024 – Week 2

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GUARANTEED ADMISSION: Ten of Michigan’s 15 public universities now admit any in-state student graduating high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA, a change intended to make the application process easier that is already credited with an increase in applications at some campuses. The Michigan Assured Admission Pact, or MAAP is part of an effort to raise enrollments. We see the impact at Oakland and Wayne State and hear from the Michigan Association of State Universities. Opting out of the program are U-M, MSU, Grand Valley, Western and Michigan Tech. By Owen McCarthy. FOR DETROIT, BIG RAPIDS, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MIDLAND, GREENVILLE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

w/GUARANTEED ADMISSION PHOTO JACKSON: Ericka Jackson is Wayne State University’s director of undergraduate admissions. Credit: Wayne State University

w/GUARANTEED ADMISSION PHOTO LEWIS: Shane Lewis is the director of undergraduate admissions at Oakland University. Credit: Oakland University.

REENTRY GRANTS: Nonprofits based in Saginaw, Holland and Grand Rapids are among those receiving state grants worth $14.4 million for programs to help ex-inmates find and retain jobs. We talk to those two groups, the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Growth and an organization advocating more alternatives to incarceration. References to Montcalm, Alpena, Iron, Cheboygan, Marquette, Oakland, Midland, Chippewa, Wayne and Monroe counties. By Theo Scheer. FOR HOLLAND, MIDLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! GREENVILLE, WKTV, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MIDLAND, CHEBOYGAN, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/REENTRY GRANTS TABLE: 10 largest grants awarded this year to nonprofits for programs to help low-income residents join the job market. Source: Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

PET TELEHEALTH: Some lawmakers are pushing to renew the authority of veterinarians to use telehealth, but there have been concerns raised about the possible overprescribing of medications. The lead sponsor, from Livonia, the Michigan Veterinary Medicine Association and the ASPCA opine. Cosponsors include lawmakers from Interlochen, Van Buren Township, Novi, Hamtramck, West Bloomfield and Walker. By Alex Walters. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, DETROIT, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.

w/PET TELEHEALTH PHOTO POHUTSKY: Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, D-Livonia, is sponsoring legislation to allow veterinarians to use telehealth. Credit: House of Representatives

w/PET TELEHEALTH PHOTO CAT: Rep. Laurie Pohutsky’s cat Delilah has used telehealth services. Credit: Courtesy photo

w/PET TELEHEALTH PHOTO LETSCHE: Plymouth veterinarian Larry Letsche is a past president of the Michigan Veterinary Medicine Association. Credit: Facebook 

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Lacking reliable access to transportation is a significant barrier to employment, especially in rural areas and small towns. We talk to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Michigan Public Transit Association and Ludington Mass Transportation Authority. By Elijah Taub. FOR LUDINGTON, OCEANA AND ALL POINTS.

w/PUBLIC TRANSIT LUDINGTON PHOTO: Ludington Mass Transportation Authority bus. Credit: Courtesy photo.

ETHNIC INTIMIDATION: New hate crime laws pushed by the attorney general and a West Bloomfield legislator are intended to reduce ethnic intimidation and protect groups such as the Amish. We hear about a recent attack by a Clare resident on an Amish family in Manistee County and talk to two experts on crimes and harassment against the Amish. Many of Michigan’s Amish live in Hillsdale, Lenawee, Branch, St. Joseph, Oscoda and Calhoun counties. By Sophia Ceru. FOR LUDINGTON, CLARE, LANSING CITY PULSE, HILLSDALE, BLISSFIELD, CLARE, ADRIAN AND ALL POINTS. 

FOOD INSECURITY: Food banks across the state are facing increased demand at a time of inflation and are looking for additional ways to serve hungry people in need. We hear from three Metro Detroit programs. References to Livingston and Monroe counties. By Anish Topiwala. FOR MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU, DETROIT, MONROE, FOWLERVILLE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/FOOD INSECURITY PHOTO ALMANTA: Anna Almanza is the director of public policy and government relations at the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Credit: Food Bank Council of Michigan.

w/FOOD INSECURITY PHOTO TECHNER: Chad Techner is the director of Metro Food Rescue. Credit: Metro Food Rescue.

HOME SCHOOL SAFETY: A state Education Department proposal to require homeschooling parents to register their children is sparking protests. The department says the change is intended to protect the safety of those students, but homeschool advocates counter that it’s a ploy to funnel more state aid to public schools and an intrusion on family privacy. We hear from homeschool promoters, including two from Grand Traverse County, and lawmakers from Plymouth and Livonia. By Liz Nass. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

w/HOMESCHOOL SAFETY PHOTO POLEHANKI: Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livinia, chairs the Senate Education Committee. Credit: Michigan Senate.

w/HOMESCHOOL SAFETY PHOTO KOLESZAR: Rep. Matt Koleszar, D-Plymouth, supports more state oversight of homeschooling. Credit: Michigan House of Representatives.

DANCE & ENVIRONMENT: The MSU Theatre Department and a North Macedonian ballet company are collaborating on the Ripple Effect, a project that addresses environmental issues that both North Macedonians and Michigan residents face, like water and industrial pollution. For news and entertainment sections. By Reese Carlson. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/DANCE & ENVIRONMENT PHOTO: Bullfrogs Ballet students in North Macedonia bow at the end of a performance. Credit: Bullfrogs Ballet

ENVIRONMENTAL FESTIVAL: The Great Lakes Environmental Festival will take place in Manistee in April. We talked to environmental journalist Genevieve Fox, who will speak at the festival and the University of Detroit Mercy professor who organized the event. By Clara Lincolnhol. FOR LUDINGTON, PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

w/ENVIRONMENTAL FESTIVAL FOX PHOTO: Award-winning journalist Genevieve Fox covers environmental issues in Southeast Michigan. Credit: Courtesy photo.

w/ENVIRONMENTAL FESTIVAL JOURNALISTS PHOTO: Genevieve Fox, far right, and other journalists tour the Carmeuse Lime Manufacturing Plant in River Rogue, and hear Simone Sagovic, the project manager at the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition, speak about health problems of people living nearby. Credit: Aaron J. Thornton 


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