President Steve Cook in the Detroit News: How to invest Michigan's surplus

Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislators find themselves with an unexpected surplus in the state budget this year.

Contrary to Snyder’s spin, this surplus is not the result of a booming Michigan economy. Michigan still has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, and our recovery is anemic compared to other states.

From The Detroit News:


Milken Award Winner

EAST LANSING, Mich., January 14, 2014 -- Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) will have a special guest for Gov. Snyder’s State of the State speech Thursday evening. Mark Julien, an English and Language Arts teacher at Henry Ford II High School and the 2013 Michigan recipient of the Milken Educator Award is the honored guest.


MEA names Nancy Knight as new Director of Communications and Public Policy

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 7, 2014 – Nancy Knight has been named the new Director of Communications and Public Policy following the announcement of department management shifts at the Michigan Education Association (MEA). Knight has been serving as the Temporary Director of Public Affairs.

Nancy has been part of MEA’s professional staff since 1981, serving as a Communications Consultant, UniServ Director and Statewide Organizing Consultant.


MEA and AFT-Michigan form formal partnership to advocate for students and education employees

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 15, 2013 — In an effort to protect and strengthen public education in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan have formed a formal partnership, leaders of both unions announced Tuesday.