"About half the 310,000 Michigan residents who left the labor force in the past decade may have landed in a federal assistance program for disabled adults — meaning many are unlikely to return to work even if the economy continues to improve." (Bridge Magazine)

"Solar industry experts say that Senate legislation overhauling Michigan's energy policy would eliminate the ability of small-scale solar users to use their own renewable energy to offset their utility costs." (MLive)

Group Says State AG Overcharges for FOIA

Aug 6, 2015

A liberal organization says Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to block an inquiry into his office by charging hefty fees for public records.

Progress Michigan says it’s asking the Republican attorney general to reconsider the decision to ask for more than $19,000 for records.

The group wants to examine communications between members of the AG’s staff and lobbyists in an effort to uncover instances of inappropriate conduct. The inquiry was inspired by a New York Times story on other attorney generals.

State Offers Sexual Assault Prevention Grants

Aug 6, 2015

The state is asking colleges and universities to submit proposals to help prevent campus sexual assaults. It will award $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that are approved.

First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the effort. She detailed the grant process during a press call on Wednesday.

“The grants will be rewarded to schools with innovative, different, and forward-thinking project proposals who also showcase the spirit of collaboration in their project proposals,” said Snyder.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County says it might be able to help residents save on their prescription drugs. It’s considering signing up for a privately-run discount program. Commissioner Julie Rogers says at least one of the options offers 25 percent off some prescriptions – and more off of mail-order drugs.