Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative
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Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative

      Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lapeer County, Michigan – The Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF) is pleased to announce the Lapeer County Education Attainment Fund (LEAF). Beginning this fall, every kindergartener in the county will have an education savings account at ELGA Credit Union. The...

Redlining, I-496 and Lansing’s African-American Community
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Redlining, I-496 and Lansing’s African-American Community

By Natalie Rogers, junior policy associate On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the South Lansing Capitol District Library, Dr. John Aerni-Flessner stood in front of a packed room of Lansing community members. The MSU Residential College for the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) assistant professor was there to present the early findings from a research project...

CEDAM’s AmeriCorps Members Get Things Done—Here’s Why you Should be a Host Site
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CEDAM’s AmeriCorps Members Get Things Done—Here’s Why you Should be a Host Site

By Chris Wardell, Administrative Assistant CEDAM members provide critical resources, implement innovative programs and make our communities stronger. You do a lot with a little, and, impressively, you continuously strive to accomplish even more—whether it’s serve more clients, raise more money or offer a new program, you’re working to make it happen.   What if...

HB 4251 Would Cap Rates on Triple-digit Interest Predatory Loans in Michigan
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HB 4251 Would Cap Rates on Triple-digit Interest Predatory Loans in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               February 27, 2019 Contact: Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist, CEDAM                 acmoody@cedamichigan.org | 517.485.3588 HB 4251 Would Cap Rates on Triple-digit Interest Predatory Loans in Michigan Lawmakers should pass 36% rate cap to stop the payday lending debt trap LANSING, MI...

Federal Tax Changes: What Should You Do If You Owe More Than Expected?
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Federal Tax Changes: What Should You Do If You Owe More Than Expected?

By Ross Yednock, MEIC Program Director There have been significant federal tax changes during the past few years that will impact hard working taxpayers across Michigan. One of those changes resulted in the delay of some refunds, while the most recent appears to yield smaller refunds. Changes as a result of the Tax Cuts and...

CFPB Moves to Gut Payday Lending Rule Designed to Reduce Abuses; State Protections Are Crucial
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CFPB Moves to Gut Payday Lending Rule Designed to Reduce Abuses; State Protections Are Crucial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     February 7, 2019 Contact: Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist, CEDAM 517.485.3588 ext. 1944 | acmoody@cedamichigan.org A 36% Usury Cap Would Keep Loan Sharks at Bay Lansing, MI — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) moved to gut the agency’s own consumer protections against predatory payday lenders, leaving Michigan families exposed...

CEDAM AmeriCorps Member Feature: Alex Makohn Serves to Empower Detroit Residents
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CEDAM AmeriCorps Member Feature: Alex Makohn Serves to Empower Detroit Residents

By Christopher Wardell, administrative assistant CEDAM AmeriCorps member Alexandra Makohn recently graduated from Michigan State with a BA in international development, but before starting her full-time career, she wanted another experience. She saw a real need to help people live and afford a home in her own neighborhood, so she set out to find ways...

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National Day Of Racial Healing

Yesterday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Today, we celebrate National Day of Racial Healing. By Troy Villanueva, housing policy associate It’s been 56 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. That’s 15 years longer than Rev. Doctor King lived (he would have turned 90 yesterday). They say...

Anthony Introduces Resolution to Promote Child Savings Accounts
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Anthony Introduces Resolution to Promote Child Savings Accounts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 Contact: Rep. Sarah Anthony Phone: (517) 373-0826 Legislator hopes to increase the awareness of the benefits of CSAs LANSING — State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) introduced House Resolution 479 today, which designates December 21 as Children’s Savings Account Awareness Day. Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) offer several benefits for families, including the...