michigan radio

Tracking the consequences of Michigan’s welfare experiment

More than 11,000 Michigan families were kicked off cash assistance last month in what amounted to a huge experiment in social welfare policy. No other state has removed so many families from welfare in such a short amount of time with so […]

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Daily life gets harder for three families

Nearly 16,000 Michigan families were banned from cash assistance last fall, in the biggest one-day reduction of welfare recipients in the state’s — and possibly the nation’s — history. Did those families blend into the work force? Did they lose their homes? […]

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Welfare reform leaves families without a net, and off the radar

Three months after the launch of an aggressive welfare reform, Michigan has kicked more people off the dole than expected and saved the state millions of dollars. How the approximately 15,000 families cut off from cash assistance are surviving, though, isn’t as […]

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27 Mich. counties dodged welfare cuts

How big of an impact has welfare reform had on you and your neighbors? It depends on where you live. According to the Department of Human Services, 15,799 fewer families were receiving cash assistance at the end of 2011 than were receiving […]

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‘Issues & Ale’ tackles emergency manager law

  Do you like beer? Do you care about state policy? Well, come enjoy both at the next “Issues & Ale” event in Flint next Monday (March 26). Co-sponsored by the Center for Michigan (Bridge’s parent organization) and Michigan Radio, “Issues & […]

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Michigan Radio continues look at welfare reform’s consequences

How are Michigan families faring after losing welfare cash assistance? Tracy Davenport lost her house and her car — and can’t find work because of a medical condition that causes her to fall down constantly. Learn her story at Michigan Radio, which […]

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Land O Links

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest” – Confucius. * From a new AARP report: “According to Genworth, the median daily rate […]

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Some Michigan welfare recipients get reprieve

When the long-awaited cash appeared in her Bridge card account June 29, Elizabeth Weaver had her list ready. She made an appointment to repair her car, which had been leaking coolant for months. The 31-year-old bought shelves, and filled them with toilet […]

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Welfare reform results: few jobs, few state answers, refuge in a vacant home

Welfare reform hasn’t been kind to Tamika Thomas. Eight months ago, the 33-year-old lived in a rental home in Detroit with her four children. She attended Wayne County Community College, where she was working her way toward an associate’s degree in radiological […]

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Education talk slated for Grand Rapids on July 25

Gov. Rick Snyder has detailed a veteran Lansing lawyer and political adviser to lead a reconsideration of how the state funds public schools, it was announced Tuesday. Panel leader Richard McLellan says public hearings in coming months will gather comment from citizens […]

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Land O Links

* The expiration of the payroll tax cut did not get nearly enough attention during all the “fiscal cliff” coverage out of D.C. (Could it be that the Beltway TV types live in an econ bracket where payroll taxes are an inconsequential thing?) […]

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* The emerald ash borer has devastated the ash forest in Michigan. And the bug may be felling Michigan’s human residents, too: “Something else, less readily apparent, may have happened as well. When the U.S. Forest Service looked at mortality rates in counties […]

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‘Issues & Ale’ series focuses on Center’s public education report

What do Michigan’s parents and residents want out of public schools? Where are the trouble spots? The bright spots? Next Tuesday night in Ferndale (just north of Detroit), the Center for Michigan and Michigan Radio are convening a panel of experts to […]

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Education reform report will highlight ‘Issues & Ale’ event in Ferndale tonight

What do Michigan’s parents and residents want out of public schools? Where are the trouble spots? The bright spots? Tonight in Ferndale (just north of Detroit), the Center for Michigan and Michigan Radio are convening a panel of experts to discuss the […]

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Land O Links

*Perception and reality in our society: “A Gallup poll reported nearly nine out of ten people think LGBT people are already protected. They are not. And, according to the pollsters, three out of four people believe they should be protected,” reports Lester […]

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*Maybe this is a great idea for Atlanta, Ga., and maybe it isn’t. But just note the difference in ambition between this project and Michigan’s inability to figure out a reliable funding stream to fix the transport net it now has: “His vision […]

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