in this morning's news http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-60 <p><strong>Debate Over the Earned Income Tax Credit</strong></p><p>Republican lawmakers in Lansing are working to get rid of a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/eitc">tax credit for the working poor</a> in Michigan, Laura Weber <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/lawmakers-moving-eliminate-tax-credit-poor">reports</a>. But, Gilda Jacobs, <a href="http://www.milhs.org/">Director of the Michigan League for Human Services</a>, <a href="http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20110123/OPINION03/301230027">says the Earned Income Tax Credit is needed</a>, “While we recognize the desire for everybody in the state to share in the sacrifice, poor people are being asked to be the sacrificial lambs. The Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps low- and moderate-income working households, should not be the first credit considered among Michigan’s $34 billion list of tax expenditures, including<strong> </strong>tax breaks for big corporations… ". Republican House Speaker <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=063">Jase Bolger</a> says the state can’t afford the EITC.</p><p><strong>Time to Allow Guns in Gun-Free Zones?</strong></p><p>Michigan State Senator <a href="http://www.mikegreenforsenate.com/">Mike Green</a> wants to allow Michiganders with <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10926--,00.html">concealed carry permits</a> to take their weapons into churches, bars and other <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10947--,00.html">‘gun-free zones’</a>. Senator Green introduced the legislation yesterday in the state Senate. A decade ago state lawmakers banned gun owners from taking their weapons into certain public places, Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/it-time-allow-guns-michigan-churches-bars-stadiums">reports</a>. An identical bill was introduced in the state House last week.</p><p><strong>Trial Date Set for ‘Underwear’ Bomber</strong></p><p>A federal judge has set October 4<sup>th</sup> as the date for the trial of <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/underwear-bomber-arraigned-new-charges">Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab</a>, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an airplane headed for Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009. As the Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110125/METRO/101250384/1409/METRO/Oct.-4-trial-date-set-for-suspected-%E2%80%98underwear-bomber%E2%80%99">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Abdulmutallab was arraigned last month on a superseding indictment. The indictment added a charge of conspiracy to commit terrorism to his other charges that include attempted murder inside an aircraft, taking a bomb on a plane and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. &nbsp;Prosecutors say he tried to kill nearly 300 people aboard the flight. Prosecutors say he tried setting off a chemical explosive hidden in his underwear as the aircraft descended toward Metro Airport on Dec. 25, 2009. The explosion never happened, but Abdulmutallab suffered burns before passengers and crew dragged him from his seat and extinguished the blaze. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:07:08 +0000 Zoe Clark 1014 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-59 <p><strong>GM to Add Jobs in Flint</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.gm.com/vehicles/?seo=goo_%7C_GMBP_Retention_%7C_GM.com_General_%7C_General_Motors_HV_%7C_general_motors">General Motors</a> announced yesterday that it plans to add 750 jobs to its Flint Assembly Plant. But, no new hires will be made. Instead, as Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/report-gm-add-more-jobs-flint-assembly-plant">reports</a>, the pool of workers will come from two places:</p><ol><li>People being reactivated from various layoff pools</li><li>Workers who would like to return to Flint after they were transferred to another plant</li></ol><p>The GM Flint Assembly plant <a href="http://www.uaw.org/articles/uaw-and-gm-add-third-shift-flint-assembly-plant">currently employs about 2,000 workers</a>. Governor <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Rick Snyder</a> attended the announcement as did <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/gms-mark-reuss-talks-about-auto-industrys-future">Mark Reuss</a>, GM’s North America President.</p><p><strong>A Move to a Two-Year Budget?</strong></p><p>There’s been talk around Lansing recently about whether or not it would be a good idea for state lawmakers to adopt a <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/snyder-looking-cut-business-taxes">two year budget plan</a> for the state rather than the <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/week-state-politics-jack-lessenberry-1">constitutionally-mandated one year budget </a>plan. <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Governor Snyder</a> and many lawmakers say they need to start thinking farther in advance when putting together the state’s budget. <a href="http://senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Proos.asp?District=21">State Senator John Proos</a> told reporter Laura Weber that a two year budget should happen, but that it will take time. Proos is<a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/lawmakers-seek-2-year-budget-cycle-michigan"> expected to introduce a measure</a> that would amend the constitution to create a two-year budget cycle as well as a part-time Legislature.</p><p><strong>State of the City</strong></p><p>Lansing Mayor <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/mayor/">Virg Bernero</a> delivered his sixth <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/lansing-mayor-bernero-delivers-state-city-address">State of the City address last night</a>. Bernero spoke quite a bit about recent business investment in the capitol city but didn’t talk directly about Lansing’s <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/city-lansing-facing-15-million-budget-deficit-fy12">projected $15 million budget deficit</a>. Bernero was the Democratic nominee in Michigan's 2010 Gubernatorial race. He <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/snyder-wins">lost the race</a> to his Republican opponent <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Rick Snyder</a>. Snyder delivered his first <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/state-state">State of the State address</a> as Governor last Wednesday evening. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:56:08 +0000 Zoe Clark 990 at http://michiganradio.org