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SCOTUS halts lower court ruling to redraw congressional maps in Michigan

Lower courts ruled Republicans had violated the 1st and 14th Amendment rights of voters by drawing districts to achieve certain political outcomes and the Supreme Court set aside those rulings in both Michigan and Ohio. Read more here. – Politico

Voting rights, campaign finance ballot groups challenge petition law

A group of voting rights organizations along with two individual voters announced Thursday that they would sue Michigan’s Secretary of State over what they see as the unconstitutionality of Public Act 608, passed late last year. Read more here. – Michigan Advance

Editorial: Rare Republican putting country over party

Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman who refuses to genuflect at Donald Trump’s feet, has been taking heat lately for daring to speak his mind. The congressman is a potential nightmare for Trump in 2020, writing on Twitter over the weekend that Trump “has engaged in impeachable conduct.” Read more here. – Michigan Advance

New study shows increasing government aid can reduce suicides among poor

A new study by researchers at the University of California in Berkeley shows that increases to the state Earned Income Tax Credit like that proposed in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state budget, as well as increases to the minimum wage, could have a direct effect on reducing the number of suicides among the economically and educationally disadvantaged. Read more here. – Michigan Advance
If you are in crisis or know someone who needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) .

Governor’s budget increases EITC, helps poor

According to The Michigan League for Public Policy’s statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2020 budget proposal, “[her] plan to increase the EITC and other changes discussed today make good progress to restoring… [the balance between businesses and individuals bearing the tax burden].” Read more here. – The Michigan League for Public Policy

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