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Column: The 1990s are over. Remove Michigan’s felony drug ban on...

Since 1996, federal law has prohibited individuals with felony drug convictions and their families from receiving cash assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)...

Report: More than 15K homeless children in Michigan

According to a new report by the Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy, almost 16,000 children younger than 4 are homeless around the state,...

Nessel joins AGs protesting change in poverty level measurement

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that she has co-signed a letter urging the Trump administration to reconsider its planned changes to how...

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Let lawmakers know this summer about policies that...

The band strikes up and the tiny flags start waving. Candy flies and kids swarm to grab all they can, their hands still sticky...

State will replace troubled $231M child welfare computer system

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday that it will replace the computer system it uses to track child welfare...

Whitmer admin. pledges ‘transparency’ on clean water

Just days after signing a spending bill that allocates $3 million to implement new drinking water rules, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants the...

Study: Medicaid work requirements failed to increase employment rate

Updated 6/25, 2:06 p.m. The first study of Arkansas’ first-in-the-nation Medicaid work requirements was released this week, and it shows that they’ve kicked people off...

Study: Michigan ranks in bottom half of nation on child welfare...

A national study of child welfare shows that in most categories, Michigan ranks in the bottom half of the nation with regard to issues...

Audit: Grand Rapids Home veterans missing $600K

A state audit released this month shows that the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans has, on multiple occasions since 2015, mishandled funds to the...

Poll: Strong support for graduated income tax

A new statewide poll shows that three-quarters of Michiganders support a graduated tax system in which the wealthy would pay more. The poll from...

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