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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - MI: Consumer

One in five people eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit don't claim it. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - Filing tax returns can be tricky business, and community organizations across the state are working to ensure Michigan taxpayers don't lose out on the refunds they may be due. Ross Yednock, program director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition at the Community Economic Develo

More than 42% of households in Michigan can now be considered liquid-asset poor, meaning they don't have enough cash readily available in case of a job loss or other emergency. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's economy has seen steady growth in recent years, but a new report shows many people are still vulnerable to financial hardship. The 2020 Scorecard from the group Prosperity Now is a snapshot of financial security among states, and ranks Michigan 26th overall. Holden W

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide counselors helped 65,000 Michigan tax filers receive $28 million in refunds last year. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Tax season officially starts soon, and hundreds of volunteers are finalizing their training so they can help Michiganders prepare their returns. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program runs from Feb. 1 thru Apr. 15, and volunteer preparers can assist filers with their forms and id

Rural and high-poverty areas have the highest concentration of payday lenders, according to the Center for Responsible Lending. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Critics of a bill being considered by lawmakers that would allow payday lenders to offer longer term, higher dollar loans say the legislation puts the most vulnerable Michiganders at risk. House Bill 5097 would allow payday lenders in Michigan to make loans of up to $2,500 with n

Grand Haven South Pier in Grand Haven, Mich. A new report says more intense storms and heavy flooding are putting Michigan residents and businesses at risk. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – Severe weather due to climate change is disrupting global supply chains and putting Michigan companies and the state's economy at risk, according to a new report. The report by the independent research and education organization Business Forward says in the last five years,

It is estimated that one in three people in Michigan is not taking prescribed medications because they canít afford it. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. – People in Michigan troubled by the high cost of prescription medications are encouraged to help turn up the heat on drug manufacturers. AARP Michigan is hosting a Stop Rx Greed rally on Monday along the Detroit River to spread awareness about the problem and call for solutio

Free income tax preparers can help Michigan residents determine if they're eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – The 2020 tax season isn't far away, and free income tax filing programs are looking for Michiganders willing to give their time to help others. The Consumers Energy Foundation has provided a $200,000 grant to support the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

About 46,000 Michigan workers are employed at Ford auto manufacturing plants in the state. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – Congressional leaders are still trying to hammer out a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and there's a lot on the line for workers in Michigan. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would replace the 1994 agreement known as the North American Free Trade

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