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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

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The economic strains on workers stand to last long after the coronavirus outbreak is under control. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- As state leaders assess the evolving challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, some policy analysts want to do their part to help keep Michigan residents healthy and financially stable. Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, says the coronavi

Policy analysts say paid parental-leave policies would benefit new moms and their infants. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. - Like many states, Michigan struggles with dismal infant and maternal mortality rates. However, a new report provides a blueprint for ways to help turn the tide. The "Right Start 2020" report released by the Michigan League for Public Policy notes that despite improvements in outco

About 2,000 children are adopted in Michigan each year. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – November is National Adoption Month, and courts around Michigan are celebrating people who open their hearts and homes to children in need of a "forever family." Ceremonies finalizing adoptions are being held throughout the month in more than 30 courts in the state to build

Michigan state legislators have been unwilling to make the tough choice to raise taxes to boost much-needed revenues. (Adobe stock)

LANSING, Mich. – As the Michigan Legislature continues to negotiate the state budget Thursday, lawmakers are being urged to address the need to create revenue to tackle shortfalls in areas such as infrastructure and education. In fiscal year 2019, Michigan had less money coming into its coff

Vaping fluid marketed to teens comes in flavors such as mango, mint, cotton candy and gummy bear. (Zamuruev/Adobestock)

LANSING, Mich. – Public health groups are applauding a first-in-the-nation move by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in order to curb teen use of e-cigarettes. Statistics show that from 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use spiked 78% among high school st

Age-friendly communities are considerate of residents from all walks of life and of any age. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – A growing movement in Michigan and around the world is working to ensure communities are able to serve the needs of people of all ages. Eight cities and towns in the state are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. They have committed to creating

Nationwide, almost 300,000 students grades K through 12 attend school entirely online. (Jdurham/Morguefile)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Thousands of K-thru-12 students in Michigan never set foot on campus – they take all their classes online via two virtual charter schools. But some new policy briefs give virtual charter schools overall a failing grade. Researchers with the National Education Poli

Hannah Gilliam is featured in a Michigan League for Public Policy video about the importance of access to affordable child care. (MLPP)

LANSING, Mich. – Affordable, quality child care helps parents stay in the workforce and earn money to provide for their families. But for some Michigan families, it's a difficult balance to achieve. When Hannah Gilliam of Grand Rapids had her first child at a young age, she says she couldn

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