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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Michigan Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 25 items )  

A Bipartisan Plan for Better Elections: New Report
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The Bipartisan Policy Center issued the following news release: The Bipartisan Policy Center's Task Force on Elections released its long-awaited findings on ways to ensure the American voting process is more secure, accessible, and accurate. Called Logical Election Policy, the report is a roadmap for legislators--particularly at the state level--to understand their policy options and highlight the upstream and downstream effects of policy reforms. "For the task force, we  more

ACLU-MI Applauds Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration for Reform Recommendations
LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 15 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) applauds the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration for their reform recommendations intended to reduce county jail admissions and length of stay across the state, as well as imp  more

American Civil Liberties Union Applauds Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail And Pretrial Incarceration for Reform Recommendations
LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 15 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) applauds the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration for their reform recommendations intended to reduce county jail admissions and length of stay across the state, as well as improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal legal system. The Task Force, co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II and Ch  more

American Human Rights Council: Community Anti-Human Trafficking Training Session, Awareness, Certification - Jan. 25, 2020
DEARBORN, Michigan, Jan. 14 -- The American Human Rights Council issued the following news release: In the spirit of January, as the Human Trafficking Awareness month, the American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA), Courage for Freedom, the Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD), My Mental Wellness of the ICD, will be hosting a special "Training Session" on human trafficking. This special educational and training session serves as an opportunity for all the participants to learn and share their knowledg  more

Environment America: New House Resolution Looks to Protect Our Rivers, Other Waterways by Urging the EPA to Stop Rollbacks
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Environment America issued the following news release: Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire introduced a congressional resolution calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt its myriad efforts to weaken the Clean Water Act. Environment America is urging all members of Congress to join the 71 original co-sponsors in supporting the resolution. "This is a moment of truth for every single representative in Congress," said J  more

Former Aetna Executive Joins Easterseals National Office as Chief Financial Officer
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 18 -- Easterseals (formerly the Easter Seals) issued the following news release, dated Jan. 21: Easterseals has named Glenda Oakley its Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Oakley was most recently Executive Director and Regional Chief Financial Officer at Aetna Medicaid in Illinois. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role with more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, external and internal audit, corporate finance and consulti  more

Leaders from Mexico, El Salvador Will Raise Awareness of Impact of Violence on Young People
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 14 -- Alianza Americas issued the following news release: * * * - The tour 'Youth Building Bridges' is a transnational effort coming to Michigan in February 2020. * * * Strangers No Longer, a nonprofit organization in Detroit, and member of Alianza Americas, is taking the lead on a week-long educational tour that will bring four young people from Central America and Mexico to Eastern Michigan. The youth leaders will share their stories in high schools, universities, p  more

League of Conservation Voters Expands Climate Work in Presidential Primary to Colorado, Michigan and Wisconsin
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The League of Conservation Voters issued the following news release: * * * - Addressing climate change is top issue for Dem. primary voters in CO, MI, WI * * * The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced that it would expand its now $3.1 million Change the Climate 2020 program to elevate climate action in the 2020 Democractic presidential primary to Colorado, Michigan and Wisconsin ahead of the states' March and April contests. LCV also released new polling condu  more

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Issues Statement on Death of Civic Leader Ott
MIDLAND, Michigan, Jan. 14 -- The Mackinac Center for Public Policy issued the following statement: * * * - Midland has lost a giant * * * The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is deeply saddened by the passing of Alan Ott, a longtime supporter of the Mackinac Center and well-known civic leader in Midland. Mr. Ott was instrumental in the early years of the Mackinac Center, serving as co-chair, along with Margaret "Ranny" Riecker, of the Center's headquarters building campaign in 1997-98. He   more

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Issues Statement Regarding Recommendations of Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail & Pretrial Incarceration
MIDLAND, Michigan, Jan. 16 -- The Mackinac Center for Public Policy issued the following statement by David Guenthner, senior strategist for state affairs, on the recommendations of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration: * * * - Recommendations are comprehensive and discerning * * * The task force recommendations follow a theme that has been key to the successful criminal justice reforms of the last decade and a half: we should lock up the people who we have reason  more

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals in Lawsuit to Free Hundreds of Thousands of Airline and Rail Workers
MIDLAND, Michigan, Jan. 16 -- The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - The case seeks to extend Janus rights * * * The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is appealing a judicial decision which dismissed its lawsuit on behalf of workers under the Railway Labor Act. The case seeks to extend Janus rights -- the First Amendment right that prevents public sector workers from being forced to financially support a union -- to hundreds of thousands of airline and  more

MEDC: Community Revitalization Projects to Bring Opportunities for Economic Growth, Tourism, Local Vitality Around Michigan
LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 16 -- The Michigan Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release on Jan. 15: * * * - Three community development projects will generate more than $30M in capital investment - Vacant historic building in Battle Creek to be transformed into New Holland Brewing Company restaurant - Sloan Museum in downtown Flint to expand, new exhibit * * * Projects that will support growth and economic opportunity in three communities around Michigan have received sup  more

Michigan League for Public Policy Issues Statement Regarding Joint Task Force on Jail & Pretrial Incarceration Recommendations Announcement
LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 16 -- The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement: The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration's recommendations announced. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. "Our current jail system's overemphasis on fines and fees--and severe imbalance and punishment for those who can't afford them--  more

NSF International Taps Auto Industry for New Chief Information, Continuous Improvement Officer
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Jan. 16 -- NSF International issued the following news release: * * * - Cadillac executive Lesley Ma brings global experience in information technology, transformation, large-scale change and continuous improvement to NSF International * * * NSF International named L. Lesley Ma to lead its global information technology and continuous improvement efforts. Ma, a longtime automotive industry executive who most recently served as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Ca  more

NTEA: Congratulations to the Latest Companies Earning MVP Status
FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan, Jan. 18 -- NTEA, The Association for the Work Truck Industry issued the following news release: Because standards don't raise themselves, NTEA's Member Verification Program (MVP) acknowledges the companies leading the industry to excellence. Fleet managers, truck dealers and OEMs know truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with MVP status have implemented specific business and quality standards and comply with federal regulations. New MVP members (as of Dec.  more

Priorities USA Expands Pre-Convention Budget to $150 Million, Reserves $70 Million of Ad Time
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Priorities USA issued the following news release: Priorities USA is expanding its budget through the convention from $100 million to $150 million and, additionally, reserving $70 million in TV and digital ads in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Priorities has been running digital ads in each of these states since July 2019, outspending President Trump during that time. While these reservations begin in late February and March, Priorities has millions of doll  more

School Finance Research Collaborative: Bills Provide Tax Relief to Big Business at Cost of Michigan's K-12 Students
LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 18 -- The School Finance Research Collaborative issued the following news release: The following is a statement from former Michigan Republican House Speaker Rick Johnson on committee approval of House Bills 5127-5128, which would provide tax breaks to data centers at the expense of Michigan's K-12 students: "Michigan can no longer afford to provide tax breaks for big business at the expense of our K-12 students, who continue falling behind their peers around the countr  more

Sisters in Philippines Safe From Volcano, Plan Outreach to People Affected
ADRIAN, Michigan, Jan. 18 -- Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following news: The Adrian Dominican Sisters who serve in the Philippines are safe from the Taal volcano, located in Taal Lake, in the southern part of the island of Luzon. The volcano began erupting on January 12, 2020, and a more intense eruption is expected. "We are not directly affected," said Sister Rosita Yaya, OP, Chapter Prioress of the Our Lady of Remedies Mission Chapter based in the region of Pampanga, the Philippines.  more

Society of Manufacturing Engineers: Machine Tool Orders Slide in November
DEARBORN, Michigan, Jan. 14 -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers issued the following news release: The value of machine tool orders plunged in November as makers pared prices to cut inventory, according to a monthly report. Orders totaled $320 million for the month, AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology said. That was down 15 percent from an adjusted $376.1 million for October. AMT said the number of machine tool units only fell by 3 percent on a monthly basis. That "refle  more

Society of Manufacturing Engineers: UAW Negotiations Failed to Make Major Changes, Panel Says
DEARBORN, Michigan, Jan. 16 -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers issued the following news release: The 2019 negotiations between the United Auto Workers and Detroit-area automakers didn't make major changes in the labor situation at the companies, a panel of labor analysts and former executives and. In particular, the talks didn't alter the health care dynamic for the companies. UAW members at the companies contribute less to their health care than workers in other industries. For the D  more

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Announces $86 Million in Funding to Improve Air Quality and Reduce Congestion
DETROIT, Michigan, Jan. 17 -- The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments issued the following news release: SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, has awarded $86 million in federal funds to road and transit agencies throughout the seven-county region as part of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program for 2021 through 2023. "By investing in transit service, reducing traffic congestion, and improving commuter choices, our region will see improved   more

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Invites Public Comment on the FY 2020-2021 Work Program for Southeast Michigan
DETROIT, Michigan, Jan. 18 -- The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments issued the following news release: SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces the public comment period for the FY 2020-2021 Work Program for Southeast Michigan. The Work Program serves as the basis for all SEMCOG work, along with the planning work of transportation planning partners. It is the foundation of grant applications, interagency financial pass-through agreements, and SEMCOG's Annual Oper  more

UAW International Executive Board Names Gerald Kariem Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department
DETROIT, Michigan, Jan. 17 -- The United Automobile Workers issued the following news: UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem was unanimously selected by the UAW International Board to the position of Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department. Kariem will serve out the term left vacant when Rory Gamble was elected President last Fall. "Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and he will be able to pick up on the recently ratified Ford contract," said UAW Pre  more

UAW Issues Statement on General Motors Investments in Tonawanda, Spring Hill
DETROIT, Michigan, Jan. 18 -- The United Automobile Workers issued the following statement by Vice President Terry Dittes on the General Motors investments in Tonawanda, Spring Hill: "UAW members during the 40-day strike last fall received significant economic commitments to many plants. "Under the direction of Region 9 Director Jeff Binz, the $6.7 million investment at GM's Tonawanda Plant will continue UAW members' quality work on the 5.3L V8 engines they provide. "In Spring Hill, an over  more

UAW Issues Statement on Phase One Trade Agreement With China
DETROIT, Michigan, Jan. 18 -- The United Automobile Workers issued the following statement by President Rory Gamble: "Over the past several decades, corporate driven trade deals and tax laws with anti-labor incentives have rewarded companies that abandoned U.S. workers and communities. This has resulted in millions of good manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas to countries that trample workers' rights, suppress workers' wages and diminish dignity on the job. China is one of those countries   more