Legislation to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads will have to wait until lawmakers return from their summer break.
The state Senate failed multiple times this week to pass comprehensive road spending plans – and even rejected legislation that would make structural changes to the system, but keep funding at or near current levels.
Now, lawmakers have left Lansing and probably won’t hold any more votes until August or September.
The idea behind Head Start is fairly simple: Preschool education for the nation's most disadvantaged kids. The program turns 50 next year. There are reams of documentation celebrating its success.
So, why did Detroit Public Schools, where four of every five children are on school lunch programs, not finish its Head Start application for the upcoming school year? Why are some 900 kids suddenly not getting this "tried and true" educational kick-start?
A herd of goats has been evicted from weedy lots on Detroit's west side.
The animals were brought into the blight-ridden Brightmoor neighborhoods late last week to eat the overgrown weeds and grass.
But the city of Detroit swooped in straight away to shut down the goat farm, called Idyll Farms Detroit, noting that current zoning laws don't allow goats within the city limits.
Overgrown weeds and trash on Westbrook Street, between Acacia Avenue and Kendall Street, made the block nearly impossible to pass through. The Brightmoor community partnered with Idyll Farms to clear it.
On Memorial Day weekend, the community loaded up five 30-yard Dumpsters with trash. Eighteen male goats were brought in Thursday afternoon to be used as lawn mowers, so volunteers can pick up the trash.
Around noon the next day, Detroit Animal Control showed up to enforce an ordinance against farm animals within the city limits.
Leonard Pollara is a consultant with Idyll Farms Detroit. He said that Idyll Farms was aware that an ordinance existed, but they were asked by the Brightmoor community not to engage with city hall, and said the city would not enforce the animal control ordinance.
Pollara said that Idyll Farms was fully prepared to remove the goats at any time if the city required them to do so.
Pollara added that Detroit has not yet perfected an ordinance that would allow for farm animals within agriculture zones. However, Idyll Farms has experience in operating farms and managing agriculture systems.
“We are very interested in offering our resources and expertise to the city,” Pollara said.
Pollara added that they are not interested in backing away and want to remain in a partnership with the Brightmoor community.