The Final Four of American Policy
The subjects, tones and popularity of political debates in our country are endless, and it can be nearly impossible to keep track of the most important discussions. In keeping with the season, here is a rundown of events happening in Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and Kentucky. While the Final Four participants inspire these geographic choices, these stories show the variety in our political climate.
Wisconsin: According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Governor Scott Walker reaffirmed his commitment to securing the country’s borders and denying amnesty to undocumented immigrants. This comes after reports that Governor Walker had backed a path towards citizenship at an event in New Hampshire. Immigration will play a central part in the next presidential election, and Walker is believed to be considering a bid for the Oval Office, so his position on this issue is worth monitoring in the future.
Michigan: The Detroit Free Press reported that the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren published their recommendations for how to change and improve the Detroit Public School System. The Coalition suggested that the state create a Detroit Education Commission to oversee all openings and closings of schools in the city. Funding for schools would be based on the individual needs of students rather than a one-size-fits-all program of every student receiving the same amount of money. These, along with a host of other recommendations by the Commission, show the potential power government can have on education reform.
Kentucky and North Carolina: With the uproar, and subsequent legislative review, of the recent Religious Freedom law in Indiana, there is growing concern in Kentucky and North Carolina that a similar law on the books in these states may face similar scrutiny. The title and subjects of these pieces of legislation are similar, but the law in Indiana has a far greater scope than the other two. Kentucky and North Carolina only allow religious freedom in matters against the state, but Indiana allows those same protections to interactions with fellow Americans. In other words, the Indiana law explicitly allows businesses to use the new legislation to defend themselves against discrimination lawsuits (according to The Atlantic) brought forward by anyone, not just the government.
Head over to the News section of the EAGLE app to learn more about these and other issues facing our country and then make your voice #beheard in the Debate section. If you agree or disagree with any or all of the above policies, contribute to the discussion and help move the country forward.