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Jan 30, 2012

Snyder: No Right-to-Work Pressure

Governor Snyder says he doesn’t feel pressured to make Michigan a right-to-work state – even though Indiana appears poised to approve a right-to-work measure this week, Laura Weber reports. “Snyder says he still considers the right-to-work debate to be too divisive. Indiana could become the first right-to-work state in the industrial Midwest this week. Right-to-work supporters say once that happens, Indiana could take business and jobs away from Michigan. Those against right-to-work say it does not attract the kinds of jobs and industry Michigan wants,” Weber reports.

Kindergarten Funding Changes

Beginning in September, a new law in Michigan will mean public schools in the state must offer all-day kindergarten to receive full funding for each kindergarten pupil, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:

The Detroit News reports that the rules were approved last year by the Legislature. The state this month updated school districts about the half- and full-day options as well as the financial consequences. The newspaper says districts still may offer half-day programs but will lose half of their per-pupil funding for each student. Most districts get an average of $7,810 in state aid for each child and are struggling to make up for other cuts. Many districts changed to full-day kindergarten in recent years in anticipation of the change. But others are grappling with the financial challenges of the switch.

Want to Vote? Act Quickly.

It’s the last day to register to vote in the state’s February 28th presidential primary. “According to the office of the Michigan Secretary of State, applicants must be at least 18 years old and be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register. Registration can be done by mail, at their county, city or township clerk's office or visiting any Secretary of State office. Those seeking an absentee ballot by mail must submit their application by 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Absentee ballots can be obtained in person anytime through 4 p.m. Feb. 27,” the Detroit News reports. And, you can find out everything you wanted to know about Michigan’s presidential primary (and more) here.