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Volunteers empower residents to protect housing, water and entire neighborhoods

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After landmark lead laws pass, new bills continue momentum

Legislation adds support systems as lead testing expands

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State fund reform is public transportation's moment to finally 'SOAR'

Over the years, Michigan's Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve, known as SOAR, has invested over $2 billion into business attraction and job creation in the state. Now, reforms to the controversial fund would provide a more holistic approach to keeping Michiganders in state and attracting prospective residents.

A set of three bills by Reps. Jason Hoskins (D-Southfield), Jason Morgan (D-Ann Arbor) and Mike McFall (D-Hazel Park) would turn the SOAR fund into the Make it in Michigan Fund and adjust its structure.

Legacy Land Conservancy volunteer named 2024 Petoskey Prize recipient

The Michigan Environmental Council is pleased to announce that Sandy Sorini Elser has been selected as the 2024 recipient of the Petoskey Prize for Environmental Leadership. The prize recognizes volunteer activists whose outstanding grassroots environmental leadership is marked by commitment, creativity and courage. Sandy was nominated by Environmental Council member Legacy Land Conservancy (LLC), where she has logged over 500 volunteer hours.

How 15 words have kept Michigan stuck in 2006

Cutouts of Beau Brockett with his sisters and dad in the mid-2000s line a page in a photobook

Back in 2006, this writer (pictured above in the Tiger's shirt and gray long sleeve) was learning his multiplication tables. His mom had taken his first-day-of-school pictures with a digital camera, and when he wasn’t feeling well in class, he’d call the home landline. He was a bit jealous of his classmates, who could watch cartoons on cable. Some even had the internet on their family computers.

That’s all to say, the mid-2000s were a longer time ago than we think. Our technology has advanced and (aside from Y2K’s baggy fashion being en vogue) so has our society.

And yet, this is the era the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (or EGLE) is stuck in at no fault of their own. Through a sneaky law passed by politicians, they’ve been unable to properly protect Michigan’s waters from pollution.