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Roughly 200,000 Michigan kids had an imprisoned parent

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new report says more than 200,000 Michigan kids had a parent incarcerated from 2011-12.

The report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says that ties Michigan with six other states for the third highest parent incarceration rate. Only two states have higher rates: Kentucky and Indiana.

Alex Rossman is a spokesman for the Michigan League for Public Policy, which helped distribute the report in Michigan. He says that they don’t have data that shows what happens to the children whose parents were imprisoned.

Rossman says it leaves many children with only one parent paying the bills and adds that takes an economic and emotional toll.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a Baltimore-based private philanthropy group.


Free Webinar: A Current Guide to Municipal Bonds and Debt

LANSING, Mich. – As local governments and school districts face ever-increasing budget constraints and capital needs, learn more about municipal borrowing in a free webinar for local governmental units.  Foster Swift bond attorney John Kamins will present the webinar "A Current Guide to Municipal Bonds and Debt" on May 12 from noon to 1 pm. 

 John will present on topics including the nuts and bolts of issuing bonds with or without voter approval and who buys bonds and how. Also, John will discuss the Michigan laws controlling how municipalities and schools borrow money or refinance debt, federal tax laws on tax-exempt bonds, and major developments in federal securities laws regulating municipal financial advisors and the disclosure duties of municipal officials.
To register for the webinar, go to: http://bit. ly/1VyeJkC

If you have not participated in a webinar session before, you will need to download free software at www.gotowebinar.com. PC-based attendees must have Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server. Mac-based attendees must have Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. Mobile attendees must have a iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet.


Legislative panel holds 5th Flint crisis hearing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A legislative committee created to review Flint’s water crisis will hear next from top-ranking leaders in Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration.

Department of Environmental Quality interim Director Keith Creagh and Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon were among those scheduled to testify Monday in Lansing.

A task force appointed by Snyder has concluded the state of Michigan is “fundamentally accountable” for Flint’s lead-contaminated water emergency because of decisions made by environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers who controlled the city.

The state and county health departments have come under scrutiny for not notifying the public of a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that outside experts suspect was linked to the Flint River.