MDHHS partners with Dave Thomas Foundation

“Each day a child spends in foster care waiting for a permanent family is too long,” said JooYeun Chang, executive director of the Children’s Services Agency within MDHHS. “Wendy’s Wonderful Kids has demonstrated success at finding families for children who have waited in foster care the longest, and we are thankful for the opportunity to expand this program in Michigan.” READ MORE!

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Community Input Sought on Zoning Downtown

The goal of this project is to create a zoning code that is clear and easy to understand, creates predictable outcomes for development, and ultimately help to achieve the community’s vision for Downtown. The current zoning code was last updated in 2005. Since then the City has completed two Master Plans including the most recent 2025 Master Plan which specifically calls for an update of the zoning code. READ MORE ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED!

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Health Care Discrimination Legislation Introduced

“We’re working hard every day to make sure no one is denied opportunities based on stereotypes and stigma related to who they are or who they love, especially when it comes to life or death medical decisions,” Rep. Hoadley said. “In emergency situations, patients and their families deserve medical decisions based on science with transparency in how those decisions will be made. These bills are the solution.” READ MORE

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Court Overturns Discriminatory State Policies

Children across the country should have greater access to more educational options, thanks to a decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. In a 5-4 opinion, the Court struck down discriminatory policies that some states use to block support of and access to religious schools. Unfortunately, Michigan students may have to wait for a future Supreme Court ruling to reap the benefits. READ MORE!

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Drinking water, sanitation relief funding protects public health

“Having access to affordable, clean drinking water and sanitation service in the home is always vital but especially in a pandemic, and we thank the legislature and Governor for recognizing this imperative,” said Charlotte Jameson, Michigan Environmental Council program director for legislative affairs, drinking water and energy. “Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are struggling to keep roofs over their heads and keep the water and lights on. While this funding is not a long-term solution to the widespread problem of unaffordable water bills and water shutoffs, it will provide desperately needed immediate relief.” READ MORE!

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Democrats Deliver $880M in COVID-19 Relief

The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate Bill 690 today to provide critical supplemental support to Michigan residents and businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan agreement includes just over $880 million in allocations of federal coronavirus relief funding and reflects the community priorities outlined in Michigan House Democrats’ recently unveiled Michigan Strong Plan. READ MORE!

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