State lawmakers return to Lansing this week with Governor Rick Snyder’s policy goals for 2014 in hand. But few are optimistic they’ll be able to pass legislation to boost road and infrastructure funding before the November election.
Snyder renews call for “civility” in MLK Day address
By Rick Pluta
Governor Rick Snyder used a Martin Luther King Day speech to call for more public civility. His remarks come as a state Republican leader continues to roil his party with comments about gay people and Muslims.
Ann Arbor Public Schools planned to borrow money up to three times during the school year to address cash flow issues caused by a smaller fund balance than in previous years. The district has now made it through two of the three months that were most likely to require borrowing without needing to seek outside cash.
Chief Financial Officer Nancy Hoover says the planned use of $1.7 million in fund balance this school year, means they may still need to borrow money in June.
Hoover adds, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District helped the district avoid the need to borrow money in December by making a bill for transportation services not due until this month. The city of Ann Arbor also helped the district avoid the need for borrowing in December by quickly remitting some of the taxes they collect for the district.
Hoover says the district's budget included spending $200,000 in interest payments which most of these have now been avoided.
Governor Rick Snyder issued his 2014 State of the State Address Thursday, January 17, 2014 and 89.1 WEMU carried it live as a partnership with Michigan Public Radio Network. This is their coverage of the event and the Democratic response.
An opportunity to hear Henry Belafonte's work first hand at the Ross School of Business keynote lecture during the University of Michigan’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. in Hill Auditorium.
Harry Belafonte isn't just known in the entertainment world as the Grammy-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning artist behind joyous calypso melodies like "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)." He is equally respected for his dedication to social justice, particularly as an advocate of civil rights and humanitarian issues. You'll have an opportunity to...
Hoving also says that the disease Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, found in white tailed deer, is more common thanks to longer summers and warmer winters.
From the report:
Nowhere to Run takes a comprehensive look at the best available science on climate change’s impacts on big game, covering moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and black bears. The most significant effects include:
Heat: Moose can become heat-stressed in warm weather, especially in summer if temperatures climb above 60 to70 degrees when moose coats are thinner. Heat stress leads to lower weights, declining pregnancy rates and increased vulnerability to predators and disease. Because of warmer fall and winter temperatures, black bears are already more active than usual during times when they normally conserve energy through hibernation, pushing fat stores to the limit.
Drought: More droughts have reduced aspen forests in the west, a favorite elk habitat, and many elk are not migrating as much as they traditionally have. Increasing periods of drought, more invasive plants and wildfires will alter sagebrush and grassland ecosystems, favored pronghorn habitats.
Parasites and disease: With less snowpack to kill ticks, moose in New Hampshire are literally being eaten alive, losing so much blood to ticks that they die of anemia. White-tailed deer are susceptible to hemorrhagic disease caused by viruses transmitted by biting midges
Nowhere to Run outlines the key steps needed to stem climate change and save big game:
Address the underlying cause and cut carbon pollution 50 percent by 2030.
Transition to cleaner, more secure sources of energy like offshore wind, solar power and next-generation biofuels and avoid polluting energy like coal and tar sands oil.
Safeguard wildlife and their habitats by promoting climate-smart approaches to conservation.
Factor a changing climate in big game plans and management.
Read the report at NWF.org/Sportsmen. Nowhere to Run is the latest in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2013 Wildlife in a Warming World series:
Sustaining our food future through aquaculture. Jim Diana is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Legislation designed to give consolidating school districts in Michigan three years in which they don't have to worry about competition from new charter schools will not be considered this year. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
A state environmental group is out with a report that for the first time equates the amount of wind energy produced in Michigan to the amount of greenhouse gasses it displaced. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.