LANSING, Mich. — The Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) has released a set of 11 policy recommendations aimed at closing the equity gap and creating a more inclusive Michigan.
The council, appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, offers recommendations focused on investments and policy changes that affect education, justice, small business, community safety and health, according to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economics. Opportunity (DLEO).
Some of these recommendations include supporting the CROWN Act, which prohibits discrimination based on hair, capping interest rates on payday loans at 36% APR, encouraging greater diversity within boards, improving criminal justice data collection, banning no-knock warrants, and more. .
See the full list of policy recommendations here.
“The recommendations of the Black Leadership Advisory Council are a step in the right direction to create a more inclusive and equitable Michigan,” Governor Whitmer said. “We are committed to working together and implementing these recommendations as we build a more inclusive state and continue to address the kitchen table issues that matter most to working families and communities of color, including good schools, good jobs, clean water, safe roads, and more.”
A virtual town hall on the new recommendations is scheduled for Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.