Safety Net Slashed as Legislature Eliminates $1.3 Billion Deficit; Conference Testifies in Support of Juvenile Life Without Parole Changes; House Education Committee Takes Up “School Turnaround Plan” Bills.
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State Budget Deficit Rockets to at Least $1.2 Billion.
Second-Parent Adoption Bill Heads to House Floor; Proposals for $785 Million Budget Deficit Expected Next Week.
2009–10 Budget Bills Begin to Move; House Committee Continues to Hear Testimony on Smoking Ban; Utility Shut-Off Protection Bills Move on to Senate.
MCC Appointed to Michigan Low-Income Energy Assistance Task Force; Utility Shut-Off Protection Bills Move on to Full House; Higher Education Budget Advances with Tuition Grant Secure; Time Winding Down for Public Comments on HHS Conscience Rescission.
Catholic Conference Comments on Embryo Research Executive Order; House Creates Subcommittee on Indigent Defense; Catholic Conference Questions U.S. Senators’ Commitments to Education.
Conference Urges Support for D.C. Voucher Program; High School Drop-out Age Increase Headed to Senate; Support for USCCB Pro-Life Email Campaign Urged by MCC; Catholic Conference Issues Statement in Support of Safe Stem Cell Research Discovery; Schedule for Departmental Budgets Announced.
Campaign to Improve Indigent Public Defense Launches.
Governor’s Budget Recommendations Include $670 Million in Cuts; Wayne County Executive Seeks to Lure Embryo Destructive Research Firms; Legislation Increasing High School Drop Out Age Moves Out of Committee.
Catholic Conference Releases 2009–2010 Advocacy Priorities; Committee Assignments Announced, Legislature Begins New Session; State Senate Adopts Resolution Honoring Catholic Schools Week; Legislation of Interest.