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Casperson urges honest discussion about prison closures »

"LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Casperson has expressed ongoing concern about prison cost reform, including Tuesday’s announcement to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility located in the Upper Peninsula’s Gogebic County."

Statement from state Rep. Sylvia Santana on the announcement that the state will close Ojibway »

"LANSING — This morning, Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington announced that she will close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco in Gogebic County on Dec. 1. In response, state Rep. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Democratic vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, issued the following statement:"

Democrats Renew Call for Oversight Hearings on PFAS Amid New Revelations »

"MUSKEGON — Court filings this week in Kent County reveal Wolverine Worldwide and 3M were made aware of toxic water contamination as early at 1999 but they did not alert state or local authorities, according to a report from This news comes on the heels of recent reports that contamination at a former military base in Oscoda may have caused cancer. Legislative Democrats introduced several proposals during this legislative session to promote and protect clean water in Michigan, but calls for action and oversight hearings have so far been ignored by House and Senate Republicans."

Gov. Snyder appeals federal denial of individual assistance for Upper Peninsula counties »

"LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today sent a letter appealing a decision made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on August 6 that denied Individual Assistance for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties following severe damage from flooding on June 16-17. A presidential disaster declaration was issued and public assistance was approved earlier this month for the three counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. "

New statewide poll shows public support for reforming Michigan’s school finance system »

"LANSING, Mich. — A new poll commissioned by the School Finance Research Collaborative and performed by nationwide research companyGreenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows widespread support for changing the way we fund Michigan’s schools to make it fairer and meet the individual needs of all students."

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