Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
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Lansing Update: “Nearly $90 Million in COVID Funding for Nonpublic Schools Sent to Governor” and more…

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Nearly $90 Million in COVID Funding for Nonpublic Schools Sent to Governor; Child Abuse Prevention Legislation Continues Forward in State Legislature; The Word from Lansing: Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process; USCCB Welcomes House Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Reform; Upcoming Webinar: The Equality Act and What it Means for Catholics. Read more…

MCC Vice President of Public Policy Tom Hickson testifying in front of the House Financial Services Committee during a discussion of payday lending services

Lansing Update: “Nonpublic School Assistance Vetoed—MCC Emphasizes Student Safety Needs” and more…

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Nonpublic School Assistance Vetoed—MCC Emphasizes Student Safety Needs; MCC Testifies in House Committee on Payday Lending; Bills Addressing Educational Assistance and COVID Continue to House Floor. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing: Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process

Each year, the State of Michigan makes budget determinations for its people, just as a family makes decisions for the good of its members. If done well, the budget can act as a document of love and of care, recognizing all Michiganders have value and considering carefully the needs of the marginalized. The Word from Lansing column for March provides thoughts about the 2021–2022 state budget process and the priorities MCC believes should be included in the final version. Read more…

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Lansing Update: “Action Alert! Federal COVID Relief Continues to U.S. Senate” and more…

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Action Alert! Federal COVID Relief Continues to U.S. Senate — Your Voice is Still Needed; State Legislature Approves Funding for Nonpublic Schools in COVID-19 Relief Package; Michigan Bishops Address Moral Concerns with Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. Read more…

Conceptual image of a COVID-19 vaccination record card, disposable face mask, and hypodermic needle.

Michigan Bishops Revise Statement to Address Moral Dimensions of New Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

In December of 2020, in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic bishops in Michigan provided insights about the benefit of vaccinations for public health outcomes. The bishops also addressed moral questions for Catholics about the COVID-19 vaccines available at the time: Pfizer and Moderna. With the introduction of a new option from Johnson & Johnson that is now available in the state, the Michigan bishops have revised their statement to share moral concerns with the vaccine’s design, production, development and testing. Read more…

Sister Thea Bowman, on stage and smiling at an event held at Walsh University on September 18, 1989

The Word from Lansing: Catholic Advocacy in 2021—Be a Light

The Catholic Church has many inspiring models of faith, including Sr. Thea Bowman, a religious sister in the early stages of consideration for sainthood. Sr. Thea’s life of service to others and dedication to her faith remind Catholics that it is important to stand up for the vulnerable and the common good, even in difficult community and policy conversations. The Word from Lansing column for February reflects upon Sr. Thea’s example and calls for Catholic to be a voice for others. Read more…

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Lansing Update: “Urge Your U.S. Officials to Oppose Discriminatory Legislation” and more…

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Urge Your U.S. Officials to Oppose Discriminatory Legislation; Speak Out to Oppose Payday Lending Expansion; Catholic Conference Supports Net Metering Legislation. Read more…

MCC Policy Advocate Rebecca Mastee, J.D. testifies in support of House Bill 4189

Lansing Update: “MCC Testifies on Behalf of Support for Pregnant Women, Mothers” and more…

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: MCC Testifies on Behalf of Support for Pregnant Women, Mothers; Catholic Conference Urges State Lawmakers to Act on Education Funding; Executive Recommendations Include Several MCC-Priority Items—Continued Work Needed; Advocacy Report on the 100th Michigan Legislature Released by MCC. Read more…

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News Release: Legislature Urged to Fund Health and Safety Program for Nonpublic Schools

MCC Hopeful Biden Administration Will Allocate Federal EANS Dollars to Michigan for COVID-Related Nonpublic School Expenses

Following the Fiscal Year 2022 Executive Budget Recommendation presentation before state lawmakers, Michigan Catholic Conference is encouraging the Legislature to appropriate funding to reimburse nonpublic schools for complying with health and safety requirements mandated by the State of Michigan, as Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal does not fund the existing policy. At the same time, MCC is hopeful that $86 million in federal dollars will be approved shortly to assist Michigan nonpublic schools with COVID-related expenses. Read more…

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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