Current State #222 | December 17, 2013

Dec 17, 2013

Today on Current State: the Lansing-Ingham County pensions dispute; regulating wetlands; Kids Count 2013; and pseudo-academic research journals.

City COO expects resolution to county 911 dispute

Dec 17, 2013
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Last week, Ingham County commissioners voted 13 to 1 to demand that the city of Lansing pay the $1.1-million the county says it is owed for pension and health insurance obligations for the 34  city-employed 911 dispatchers who were transferred last year to the  new Ingham County dispatch center. The county’s deadline is January 15th.  If payment is not received by then, they say they’ll sue the city.

Feds could revoke Michigan's wetland authority

Dec 17, 2013
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Michigan is one of only two state that have the authority to regulate federal wetlands within their borders. However, the Environmental Protection Agency may revoke that power. Last week, the EPA held a hearing to determine if Michigan’s environmental standards for wetland management meet federal benchmarks.

A sharply growing percentage of Ingham County children appear to be victims of abuse and neglect.  And five years after the great recession, more children in Ingham County remain eligible for food assistance than the statewide average.

Are academic journals for hire?

Dec 17, 2013

The role of the academic journal in advancing research findings is changing rapidly. A New York Times article earlier this year looked at the problem of pseudo-academic journals which had names similar to well-established ones, and which charged hefty fees for publication.