Michigan Catholic Conference Announces 2001-2002 Legislative Priorities

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan Catholic Conference

    LANSING, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A consistent pro-life ethic,
 education reform, improved access to health care, conscience protection for
 health care providers, and the creation of a state earned income tax credit
 top the Michigan Catholic Conference's 2001-2002 legislative priorities.
     Paul A. Long, Vice President, Public Policy, said today the Michigan
 Catholic Conference's legislative priorities are based on the fundamental
 principle of justice for all people.
     "The Catholic community is first and foremost interested in the common
 good and the role government plays in creating a culture that respects and
 cherishes life and the dignity of every human person," said Long.  "This
 document provides a philosophical outline and foundation for our involvement
 on specific legislation.  The range of issues is diverse but the Church has
 not only a right but a serious obligation to speak out on important public
 policy matters."
     Published in the April issue of FOCUS, the periodic MCC publication, the
 legislative priorities cover the issues of human life, education, health care,
 children and families, basic human needs, and fiscal policies.
     "As the legislature returns for the spring session," Long said, "we
 believe this is the right time to release our priorities.  We were most
 pleased that the legislature has already passed Senate Bills 70 and 71
 (protecting pregnant women and their unborn children) and that the House has
 acted so quickly on the home heating package which we believe will be helpful
 to those who can ill afford huge utility increases.  We look forward to
 working with the legislature on all of our issues."
     The MCC Board of Directors approved the legislative priorities in December
 2000.
     The Michigan Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of the
 Catholic Church in this state.
 
 

SOURCE Michigan Catholic Conference
    LANSING, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A consistent pro-life ethic,
 education reform, improved access to health care, conscience protection for
 health care providers, and the creation of a state earned income tax credit
 top the Michigan Catholic Conference's 2001-2002 legislative priorities.
     Paul A. Long, Vice President, Public Policy, said today the Michigan
 Catholic Conference's legislative priorities are based on the fundamental
 principle of justice for all people.
     "The Catholic community is first and foremost interested in the common
 good and the role government plays in creating a culture that respects and
 cherishes life and the dignity of every human person," said Long.  "This
 document provides a philosophical outline and foundation for our involvement
 on specific legislation.  The range of issues is diverse but the Church has
 not only a right but a serious obligation to speak out on important public
 policy matters."
     Published in the April issue of FOCUS, the periodic MCC publication, the
 legislative priorities cover the issues of human life, education, health care,
 children and families, basic human needs, and fiscal policies.
     "As the legislature returns for the spring session," Long said, "we
 believe this is the right time to release our priorities.  We were most
 pleased that the legislature has already passed Senate Bills 70 and 71
 (protecting pregnant women and their unborn children) and that the House has
 acted so quickly on the home heating package which we believe will be helpful
 to those who can ill afford huge utility increases.  We look forward to
 working with the legislature on all of our issues."
     The MCC Board of Directors approved the legislative priorities in December
 2000.
     The Michigan Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of the
 Catholic Church in this state.
 
 SOURCE  Michigan Catholic Conference