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Stateside: Limits of stimulus checks; ballast water rule changes; cash bail reform

Jan 12, 2021

As the pandemic rages on, many Michiganders have received a second round of COVID-relief stimulus checks — this time, in the amount of $600. But how far can one $600 check go for someone who is living on the edge of poverty?
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Today on Stateside, many Michiganders have received a second round of COVID-relief stimulus checks over the past couple of weeks — but for some, it’s not enough. We take a look at how far a one-time $600 check goes when you’re living on the edge of poverty. Also, a reporter talks us through the latest developments with Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline in the Great Lakes. Plus, the future of cash bail programs, which have come under scrutiny in Michigan.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

How far does a $600 stimulus check go? Not nearly far enough for those who need it most

  • Kyle DuBuc is Director of Public Policy and Advocacy For United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Enbridge responds to Whitmer’s calls for a shutdown of Line 5

  • Lester Graham is a reporter for Michigan Radio.

Environmentalists worry ballast water rule changes put Great Lakes at risk of more invasive species

  • Marc Smith is a policy director for the National Wildlife Federation.

Controversial cash bail system could see bipartisan reckoning in 2021

  • Eli Savit is the new Washtenaw County prosecutor.
  • Kimberly Buddin is Policy Counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.