Thursday, March 23, 2017

Michigan Daire Rendon Includes "The Poors" In Public Meetings

Without further adieu, I would like to honor Michigan House Representative Daire Rendon (formerly know as LMHM) for her greatest political lifetime achievement, by recognizing this monumental moment of her participation in the concept of open democracy to ameliorate the pervasive situation of childhood poverty in the State of Michigan and to allow the public recording through testimony, of the pandemic patterns of practice with fraud, waste, abuse, and human trafficking through publicly funded child welfare, privatized programs.


Within an hour of the March 23, 2017 Public Meeting of the Michigan House Standing Committee on Families, Children & Seniors, Daire Rendon, has, for the first time in the history of her legislative tenure as the Chair, successfully executed her duties of public office, in the capacity of a public servant, by publishing public notice of the next scheduled meeting, more than 22 hours, in advance.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have ourselves an open meeting, devoid of another skirting in legal semantics of the Open Meetings Act's 18 hour rule.

This is to mean that the primary stakeholders, "The Poors", will have opportunity to submit into the public record, well in advance of the meeting, for the secondary stakeholders, the privatized contractors, state administrators, fellow committee members, and federal oversight authorities, to prepare, review, and simply vet, the matters on the agenda, for the purposes of engaging in logical and ethical discussions to improve the delivery and quality of services, in the most expedient and efficient manner for improvements in the quality of life and the posterity of the state, to about 50% of the state residents, mainly children in poverty.

Madam Chair, welcome to the world of public rulemaking.

I look forward to working with you and your Committee.

Standing Committee Meeting

Families, Children, and Seniors, Rep. Daire Rendon, Chair

DATE: Thursday, March 30, 2017

TIME: 10:30 AM

PLACE: Room 327, House Office Building, Lansing, MI

Presentation regarding an in-house program with the Washtenaw County Sherriff’s office for behavioral healthcare of inmates.

Speaking on the issue is:

Derrick Jackson, MSW
Director of Community Engagement
Washtenaw County Sheriff Office


Allan Wachendorfer, LMSW - Macro
Director of Public Policy
National Association of Social Workers - Michigan


To view text of legislation go to:

Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting may contact the Chair's office.

Schedule changes or cancellations available at

Notice posted: 3/23/2017 at 12:12 p.m.

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

The survey showed that more than half of young people age 25 to 39 who reported that as children they worried over things like having enough food were currently facing financial challenges, Yellen said. That was double the number with financial troubles who did not face such concerns as children.
Yellen told a Fed conference on community development that the findings underscored the need to provide children with the resources they need to achieve financial success later in life.

In her speech, Yellen made no comments on the current state of the economy or interest rates.
In the survey, which the Fed will publish later this spring, Yellen said there was a clear connection between childhood struggles and financial problems later in life.

"Young adults who regularly or sometimes worried when they were children about care, safety or having enough to eat are also less likely to be employed, less likely to have consistent income month-to-month and less likely to pay all of their current monthly bills in full, compared with those who never or rarely worried about these concerns as children," Yellen said.

Yellen said the research to be presented at the Fed's two-day conference made a compelling case for the need to prepare people starting at an early age for success in the labor market.

"This research underscores the value of starting young to develop basic work habits and skills," she said. "These habits and skills help prepare people for work, help them enter the labor market sooner, meet with more success over time and be in a position to develop the more specialized skills and obtain the academic credentials that are strongly correlated with higher and steadier earnings."

Yellen said a growing body of research showed that greater success was being achieved by addressing workforce development in early childhood education compared to spending on job training later in life.

"Ensuring that all of our kids have 'strong foundations' will help build a similarly strong foundation for the U.S. economy," Yellen said.

(Will update once I have found the Federal Reserve Survey cited in this article.)

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