Indigent veterans millage increase
Ingham County’s veterans deserve the benefits that they’ve earned. To help them access their benefits, the Board of Commissioners has approved a small increase to the county’s Indigent Veterans Millage. This .01 mill increase will allow the county’s Veterans Affairs Department to add a part-time employee.
Even though Michigan has one of the nation’s largest populations of military veterans, Michigan ranks dead last – after Guam – in federal spending per veteran. This statistic persists even as the demand for veterans’ services continues to grow.
Here in Ingham County, our Veterans Affairs Department has seen the demand for its services rise dramatically. In fact, demand for some services – like help with pension claims and assistance to veterans’ dependents – has doubled since 2007.
Ingham County is home to more than 17 thousand veterans. Nearly 80% of those veterans are considered indigent under the federal standard. In an effort to help more local veterans – specifically indigent veterans – receive the benefits that they’ve earned, the Board of Commissioners has approved adding a part-time employee to the county’s Veterans Affairs Department. The new part-time position will be funded by increasing the county’s indigent veterans millage from .023 mills to .033 mills.
Equal Pay Day
The Board of Commissioners designated April 9 as “Equal Pay Day” in Ingham County. This designation is meant to raise awareness of the continuing problem of women’s inequality in the workplace. All other factors being equal, a woman makes 72 cents to the $1 earned by her male peer. Over a working lifetime, that means that a woman will make up to $2 million less than a similarly qualified man in the same job.
A woman must work 15 months to earn what a man earned in one year, hence, the significance of April 9. It represents the point in 2013 to which a woman would have to work to catch up to what her male counterpart earned in 2012. We have come a long way; yet we have a long way to go.
Thank you to the Ingham County Women's Commission for giving this issue the attention it deserves.
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Elect Kara Hope
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Holt MI 48842
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