Author Archives: Mike Horace

Report shows increasing cost of raising children

moneyThe cost of raising a child has increased by nearly 2 percent since 2012, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report estimates it will cost low-income families, or those making less than $61,530 annually, about $176,550 to raise a child from birth to age 18.
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State school board asks lawmakers for tougher laws on charter schools

flag in classroomThe state Board of Education is urging lawmakers to put tougher regulations on charter schools.

The board approved a set of legislative recommendations regarding charter schools on Tuesday. One recommendation asks lawmakers to consider putting a so-called “smart cap” on charter school creation.
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Kildee hopes to use repurposed federal funds to tackle commercial blight

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Congressman Dan Kildee is hoping to get the federal government to help foot the bill for tearing down abandoned commercial properties in Michigan’s cities.

The Flint Democrat says abandoned commercial properties can be a drag on entire neighborhoods, hurting property values and affecting quality of life.
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DNR soliciting public comment on Kirtland’s Warbler plan

Kirtland's Warbler. Photo by Dan Kennedy, Michigan DNR.

Kirtland’s Warbler. Photo by Dan Kennedy, Michigan DNR.

The Kirtland’s Warber, an endangered bird species that nests almost exclusively in northern Michigan, has made a remarkable comeback over the last 40 years. The bird’s population has recovered so much that steps are now being taken to eventually remove it from the endangered species list.

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