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Michigan Government Finaance

Michigan Government Finance will be the subject of a community program Friday Jan 20 at 11:45 a.m. at the Trailside Senior Center. Midland County residents are invited to come for lunch or come just for the program on how our state and local finances work. Trailside Senior Center is at the corner of Dublin and Saginaw Road in Midland.

Michigan citizens are becoming aware of the financial stress faced by their local units of government. Funding police, fire protection, public works and housing in the face of lower state resources is not easy. We will look at how Michigan financing plays out in Midland county.

The Midland Area League and the Midland County Senior Services are co-sponsoring this program. Speakers will be City of Midland Manager Jon Lynch, Midland County Controller/ Administrator Bridgette Gransden, and Jerome Township Treasurer Laura Grubaugh.

If you plan to attend, call Trailside at 633-3700 by 9 a.m. on January 18. Please be sure to say whether you are registering for the program only or for the program and lunch. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Lunches are by donation to those over 60, or $6 for those under 60, payable at the door.

This program will help prepare our local LWV members for the State of Michigan LWV study on government finance, which will update the current state position on taxation and budgeting. [For study information, go to] Our consensus meeting on Michigan government finance will be February 21. See our calendar page for time and place. The consensus meeting is an open meeting but only members of the League of Women Voters can participate in the consensus.

March on Lansing

March on Lansing

What: Rally on the steps of the State Capitol When: January 21, 2017 - 1 PM to 3 PM

The goal of this march is to be all inclusive-- it will be a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the wave of hate crimes and violence, and threats of official discrimination that have prolifierated following the election . Women will march proudly alongside our allies from any religion, of any race, of all sexual orientations and genders, and of all abilities as a united front. We want to be clear that we won't tolerate any sexism, bigotry, racism, hate, or intolerance from our elected officials.

We are for a Michigan that respects and protects all its citizens, that celebrates diversity and nurtures the human potential in each of us. This will be a sister event to the Women's March on Washington for those who are unable to be there. Women's March on Washington.

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Great Decisions

Become better informed by attending a Great Decisions study group, coordinated by the League of Women Voters. Become part of a group that reads and hears what others have to say about important world issues. The books are hot off the press in November so the material is up to date. Discussion groups begin in mid January.

New members are always welcome and you do not have to be a LWV member to join. The Great Decisions discussion series uses materials developed by the Foreign Policy Association, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization formed in 1918 to promote understanding of international affairs. Learning materials include a briefing book and a videotape set. Tapes are usually broadcast on the local cable access channel. The Midland League has sponsored the Great Decisions program of the Foreign Policy Association for more than thirty years.

Groups set their own pace. Most begin in January or February and wrap up in March and April. Participants can choose one of three groups that meet for two hours on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, or Thursday evening.

For a description of the 2017 topics, check the Great Decisions link on this website.

To sign up or for further information call Sandy Burmester 832-3079.


Welcome to Vote411, a comprehensive source of election information, developed by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF).

Nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot proposals for the 2016 local and general elections

State-specific voter registration requirements, election dates, and local polling addresses are also available on the site. You can also print out a Voter Registration application from the site.

To find your information, select Michigan as the state on the tab titled "On Your Ballot," and click on "GO." Enter the street, city and zip code in the "Personalized Ballot" box then follow the cues.