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CORUNAUpdate (Week of August 14)



  • Secretary Of State Seeks Election Law Reforms – Ten thousand ballots came in after election deadlines in Michigan’s August primary, too late to be counted under state law. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says simple changes could make resolve that issue.
  • Michigan introduces COVID-19 presumption legislation – State Rep. Brian Elder, a Michigan Political Leadership Program alum, introduced legislation presuming that if essential workers contracted Covid-19 they would have done so on the job.
  • Traverse City Business Groups React to President Trump’s Executive Actions – Kirstie Sieloff, director of government relations with Traverse Connect who also represents the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, said up-north businesses are continuing to monitor gubernatorial orders and congressional action regarding the pandemic coronavirus. She is a Michigan Political Leadership Program alum.
  • Ex-Fed Chair Yellen advises Biden on virus economic fallout – In this piece and other publications around the country comes word that an MSU economics professor Lisa Cook, an IPPSR faculty affiliate,along with other top economics leaders is advising presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on economic fallout from the pandemic coronavirus.