Blog Posts By: Jessica AcMoody http://cedam.info/author/jessacmoody/

GOP Tax Plan Unveils Corporate Cuts, Consolidated Tax Brackets & Cuts to Economic Development Programs

On Thursday, November 2, House Republicans introduced their plan for tax reform. Entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the plan cuts corporate income taxes, consolidates income tax brackets for individuals and families and makes cuts to multiple key economic development programs. Below are highlights of the GOP tax plan: Permanently lowers the corporate tax… Read more »

DACA is Ending; Tell Congress to Pass the Dream Act

What is DACA? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, is an immigration policy put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. The program is considered a stopgap measure to prevent undocumented children and youth brought to the United States by their parents from being deported. DACA allows certain immigrants… Read more »

Legislation Introduced to Expand Payday Lending Products in MI

Identification, an open bank account and a steady source of income are the only three items you need to take out a payday loan. Regardless of your credit score, payday lenders give out these loans (meant to be paid by the borrower’s next paycheck) that are small, but are accompanied with mountainous interest rates. In… Read more »

Senate Health Care Bill and Michigan’s Trigger Clause

On June 22, Senate Republican leaders released their version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Below are the main provisions of the bill:  Phases out Medicaid expansion beginning in 2021 and restores it to pre-Affordable Care Act levels by 2024 (limits government spending on Medicaid, giving states a set… Read more »

President Trump Releases 2018 Budget Recommendations

The White House released their budget proposal on May 23, cutting $4.3 trillion over 10 years and including steep cuts to many domestic non-defense programs. About half of those cuts come from changes in programs including Medicaid, food assistance and federal student loans. The budget also includes steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (31… Read more »

HUD Budget Slashed in Trump’s Administration Proposal

Written by Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist As you may be aware, there was an article in the Washington Post this morning summarizing leaked documents from the Trump Administration that call for a 14% cut to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that you can read by clicking here. The article points out… Read more »

Partners for Rural America

By Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia for the Partners for Rural America (PRA) annual conference and meeting. The conference highlights rural economic development around the country, and gives members of PRA an opportunity to share exciting rural development going on in their state as… Read more »

Partners for Rural America Conference Recap

By Jessica AcMoody, Policy & Program Specialist I recently had the opportunity to travel to Wyoming for the Partners for Rural America (PRA) annual summer conference. The conference highlights rural economic development around the country, and gives members of PRA an opportunity to share exciting rural development going on in their state as well as… Read more »

Participating in the Rural Community

In keeping with its mission to connect and educate community leaders, provide expertise and advocate for policy and projects to impact rural Michigan, the Michigan Rural Council would like to share some exciting projects that are underway! The 2014 Small Town & Rural Development Conference Interested in sharing your ideas for revitalization and development in… Read more »