Washtenaw County Conservation District is Hiring

Washtenaw County Conservation District is Hiring

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team Long-time Washtenaw County Conservation District Manager Dennis Rice is retiring and as a result the District is looking for a new District Manager. In addition, The Washtenaw County Conservation District is hiring a MAEAP Technician (Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program) to implement MAEAP in Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Conservation District is a […]

Legislation in Five States, Including Michigan, Calls for an End to Campus “Safe Spaces” and “Free Speech Zones”

Legislation in Five States, Including Michigan, Calls for an End to Campus “Safe Spaces” and “Free Speech Zones”

by Starlee Coleman If Bernie Sanders and Ann Coulter being on the same side isn’t enough to signal the campus protests of conservative speakers have gone too far, perhaps the fact that lawmakers in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin have introduced legislation to put an end to them is? The New York Times published […]

U.S. House Passes Revised Version of the American Health Care Act—Michigan U.S. Reps. Respond

U.S. House Passes Revised Version of the American Health Care Act—Michigan U.S. Reps. Respond

by Dave Alexander The final vote was 217 in favor and 213 against. The House bill to revise Obamacare now goes to the Senate. Here are key aspects of the House version of bill (per the AP): Ends tax penalties Obama’s law imposes on individuals who don’t purchase health insurance and larger employers who don’t offer coverage […]

OP-ED: During National Volunteer Week—Why Michigan Needs AmeriCorps

OP-ED: During National Volunteer Week—Why Michigan Needs AmeriCorps

by Robert Kolt, Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) Most people recognize the Peace Corps, a great American service program to help meet social and economic challenges internationally. AmeriCorps is the domestic version of the Peace Corps. AmeriCorps invests our money right here in our neighborhoods throughout America, using a combination of federal dollars, corporate […]

OP-ED: Michigan Must Finally End Civil Forfeiture

OP-ED: Michigan Must Finally End Civil Forfeiture

by Jarrett Skorup Michigan has made great strides to reforming civil forfeiture — the process that allows law enforcement to take someone’s property and forfeit it to the government. But Michigan still has laws that are among the weakest in the nation when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of citizens. In 2015, legislators passed […]

New Study: In Michigan “Job Creation” Has Fueled Low Wage Economy

New Study: In Michigan “Job Creation” Has Fueled Low Wage Economy

by Lindsay Vanhulle | Crain’s 40% of households still unable to afford basic living necessities To make ends meet as a four-person family in Michigan, with a child in preschool and a baby at home, it’s practically mandatory that both parents work full time and make at least $14 per hour each. A single breadwinner […]

Starting April 4, Local, County and State Police to Target Traffic Enforcement in County Roundabouts

Starting April 4, Local, County and State Police to Target Traffic Enforcement in County Roundabouts

The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team This video prepared by MDOT demonstrates how drivers should be using a roundabout. It’s not the traffic flow seen in many of Ann Arbor’s roundabouts. This is why the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office released a guide on how drivers should approach a roundabout. Together with the guide, April 4 -May 1 […]

Michigan Group Fighting Gerrymandering to Hold Ann Arbor Town Hall March 23

Michigan Group Fighting Gerrymandering to Hold Ann Arbor Town Hall March 23

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Staff A pair of grassroots organizations working to change the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn in Michigan will host an informational meeting in Ann Arbor. Voters Not Politicians is a registered ballot committee leading the charge to amend the Michigan Constitution for a citizen-controlled system of drawing voting […]

State House Passes FOIA Bill That Strips Governor and Legislature of Exemption

State House Passes FOIA Bill That Strips Governor and Legislature of Exemption

by Kathy Hoekstra | Watchdog.com Driven by a sex scandal at the state Capitol and lead in the Flint water supply, the Michigan House of Representatives approved bills aimed at fixing the nation’s worst open records law. The 10-bill package passed during “Sunshine Week” would lift a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption for the governor, legislators […]

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