Making Democracy Work

Resources for Study and Consensus

Papers and links for resources related to current programs

LWVUS Update of Agriculture Position

The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process. The consensus plan keyed to related background material is helpful for finding background material directly related to the questions.

Further information may be found here and here.

Proposed Update of LWVMI Education Positions

The proposed update and consolidation of the three LWVMI education positions was adopted at the convention in May 2013. Resources for this update may be found here

Recent developments at the state level may be found here

Financing Public Education in the Midland Area

The Midland Area Position may be found here

Background paper on local school financing

The LWVMI Position on Education:Structure, Financing and Goals.

Citizens Research Council Report Education Financing in Michigan with links to more detailed reports.

A report by the CRC on the Distribution of State Aid to Michigan Schools

Two local programs,1/29/11 and 2/12/11, on Financing Education are available on MCTV's Video on Demand

LWVUS Study - The Role of the Federal Government in Public Education

The LWVUS conducted a study and consensus of the role of the federal government in public education in the fall of 2011. The position may be found here.

National Program Planning for 2014-16

Members will decide whether to retain, drop, or update the current LWVUS positions and make recommendations for new items or concurrences. See Impact on Issues for current positions and how they have been implemented. Suggestions from other leagues include Alternatives to Partisan Primaries, and a review and update of "Federal Fiscal Policy"to address growing income inequality and a recommendation to emphasize campaign finance reform. The list is constantly growing.

Community Conversations

An Issue Guide from the Center for Michigan may be found here

Overview of Midland County Finances May, 14, 2014

Slides from a presentation by Bridgette Grandsen, Midland County Administrator-controller, at the local LWV Annual Meeting may be found here.