Briefs 8/1 – Grand Valley Lanthorn

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Gas prices in the GV zone fall as inflation persists

Gasoline prices around Grand Valley State University have steadily declined along with those across the country for several weeks as inflation continues to strain personal and family budgets.

According GasBuddy.coma company analyzing real-time price data from more than 140,000 gas stations across the country, average gas prices in Grand Rapids were $4.18 a gallon as of July 31. This contrasts with an average of $4.59 per gallon less than two weeks ago.

The trend comes as inflation raises the prices of other daily necessities as students begin their return to campus and attempt to make personal budget plans to afford the college experience. In its latest consumer price index (CPI) report in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 9.1% increase in the CPI over the past year – the largest price increase since the 1980s.

Michigan Supreme Court Says Existing Law Prohibits Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

In a 5-2 decision on Thursday, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in Rouch World, LLC v Department of Civil Rights that the Elliott-Larsen State Civil Rights Act of 1976 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Given the arguments in the case, the Court was asked to consider whether the inclusion of the word “sex” in the law as a protected category applied to cases of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.

Republican Justice Elizabeth Clement joined Democratic Justices Richard Bernstein, Megan Cavanagh and Elizabeth Welch as well as Democratic Chief Justice Bridget McCormack in the majority opinion.

With the Court’s expansion of the law’s protections, members of Michigan’s LGBTQ community are now protected from discrimination in all areas described in the language of the law.

This includes protection in areas such as employment, housing, education and public housing.

GV satellite polling station continues for August 2 primary elections

Michigan voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 2 to vote in this summer’s primary election ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Grand Valley State University will provide members of the campus community with voter registration and mail-in voting services at the Allendale Township Satellite Clerk’s Office inside the campus Kirkhof Center at the approaches and the day of the elections.

The office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on polling day.

It will be the first major election after the state’s decade-long redistricting process that aimed to equalize congressional representation and redraw Michigan’s 13 new congressional districts.

After the redistricting, the university will now fall under Michigan’s third congressional district, currently represented by Republican Congressman Peter Meijer.

Other highly anticipated races will also be decided in the Aug. 2 primaries, including which Republican gubernatorial nominee will become the party’s nominee to challenge incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer for the job in November.

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