College students in Michigan owe an average of nearly $30,000 in student loan debt.
That’s a lot of money. More from the Detroit Free Press:
Sixty-three percent of those who go to college in Michigan borrow money to go to school, a new report shows.
And when they leave, they leave with an average student loan debt of $29,583.
That’s the eighth highest state average in the nation in 2012-13, according to the Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success. That’s up from 10th highest the previous year when the average debt of students in Michigan was $28,840.
Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban might head to the Supreme Court.
The same-sex couple who originally challenged the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriage is appealing to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the ban is unconstitutional. More from The Detroit News:
In extensive legal pleadings, lawyers for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse wrote, “this case presents the question of whether a state may constitutionally deny same-sex couples the right to marry the person of their choice.”
Their pleadings ask the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate “our nation’s most cherished and essential guarantees.”
The couple, through their attorney, said they are ready for the legal challenge.
“When we first brought this case, we vowed to do anything we had to in order to protect our children and our family, even if that meant having to take our case all the way to the Supreme Court,” said DeBoer. “That day is finally here, and we hope the court sees fit to accept our case and provide the same security to our family that other families count on.”
Obamacare is more unpopular than ever, even though it’s working pretty well.
The Affordable Care Act has never been popular, but Americans really dislike the law. A lot. That’s true even though things are going pretty well for the law right now. More from CNBC:
Just 37 percent of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, one percentage point less the previous low seen last January, the Gallup public opinion research organization said Monday.
And 56 percent of people disapprove of the ACA, which is one point higher than the previous high, Gallup said.
The poll was released two days after open enrollment in ACA insurance plans resumed on the on-line government Obamacare exchanges.
“In the first two days of open enrollment we have seen 1 million visitors” to HealthCare.gov, the federally run Obamacare exchange, said Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
“We have had 200,000 calls to customer care centers . . . and 20,000 of those are to our Spanish-language lines,” Burwell said.
Burwell also said more than 100,000 people filled out applications on the first day for insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov, which serves residents of 37 states. She said she did not know how many people out of that had actually enrolled in coverage.
That is a significant difference from Obamacare’s open-enrollment launch one year ago. At that time, a technological meltdown prevented all by a handful of people from creating accounts or applying for coverage, much less signing up for health plans on HealthCare.gov, and several other exchanges.