THIS DAY IN HISTORY April 20, 1914: Ludlow Massacre

#tdih 1914: The Colorado National Guard fired on a tent colony of striking miners and their families. Howard Zinn learned the Ludlow Massacre story from a Woody Guthrie ballad, not his history classes, leading to his commitment to write and teach people’s history. Read more on the link below and watch a video clip from Zinn’s film biography. #teachoutsidetextbook

Photo: One of the 1,200 striking families.


MI Gov. Whitmer nets GOP, business support for tuition-free programs

Gretchen Whitmer

In this Thursday, April 18, 2019, photo, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, helps unveil legislation that would offset tuition costs for students seeking a college degree or training certificate during a news conference at the Lansing Community College West Campus in Delta Township, Mich. Whitmer was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, business leaders, union leaders and others. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is netting key support from the business community and some Republican lawmakers for her large-scale plans to provide debt-free tuition to high school graduates and older adults who want to learn new job skills.

The development is a boost for one of the Democrat’s signature policy goals — increasing the number of working-age adults with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 60% by 2030, from 45% now.

Michigan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rich Studley pledged the group’s “full, unequivocal” backing of her proposals, known as Michigan Reconnect and the Michigan Opportunity Scholarship. Small Business Association of Michigan President Brian Calley praised Whitmer’s “visionary leadership.”