In this morning’s news: Medicaid delays, Detroit student recruitment, and Detroit mayoral campaign
Governor Snyder pushes to expedite Medicaid expansion
A bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan passed the state Senate by a narrow vote earlier this week. But a vote to make those changes by January 1, 2014 failed. This means that thousands of people will have to wait until spring to receive health coverage. Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that Governor Rick Snyder hopes the Senate will revisit the issue as soon as Tuesday.
Deadline approaches for Detroit Public Schools recruitment
As the school year quickly approaches, Detroit Public Schools are running out of time to recruit new students. Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells reports that the district’s summer goal was to gain 5,000 new students. If DPS does not meet this goal it may lose millions, resulting in possible layoffs and program cuts. The district is currently retaining 93% of their students.
Detroit mayoral candidates continue campaign
Detroit mayoral candidates Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon are continuing their campaigns while primary election drama settles out. Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek reports that both candidates “are trying to position themselves as champions of Detroit neighborhoods.” Duggan is rolling out a neighborhood plan to reduce blight, while Napoleon is accusing him of being tied to “downtown corporate interests.”