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  • How much will I pay if I carry a balance on my credit cards?
  • How much will it cost me to finance a car loan?
  • How do I know exactly how much money is in my savings or checking account?
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The answers to these types of questions are often elusive to high school students and even young adults, but a new bill in Lansing may change that.

A Requirement for Graduation

High school students in Michigan will soon be required to take a personal finance course before they can graduate.

The Michigan House of Representatives just passed House Bill 5190 on Tuesday, which will make the course mandatory for graduation. The measure was approved by the state Senate in May. Governor Gretchen Whitmer's signature will make Michigan the 14th state in the US to make such a requirement for students.

According to CNBC, State Representative Diana Farrington of Utica sponsored the bill. She says it's imperative that students have a minimum understanding of personal finances.

“At the most fundamental level, a high school education must prepare students for adult life,” she said in a statement. "A financial literacy class will familiarize students with key financial concepts, helping them understand how to handle their personal budgets.”

 

Course Requirements

The bill will require all high school students in our state to take a half-credit course on the basics of personal finances. Once the bill is signed, will go into effect for all students entering the eighth grade in the 2023 school year.

Seven Michigan Towns on 'America's Safest Cities' List

There are a lot of advantages to living in a small town. Ofthen, they're close-knit communitites where everyone seems to know just about everyone and they often boast of low crime rates.

Seven Michigan Townships made the list of 'America's Top 100 Safest Cities' and we're proud to say that two of them are right here in the immediate area.

The information was compiled by SafeWise, using the latest FBI crime data on violent crimes and property crimes.

While you're at it, check out the 25 safest places to live in Michigan.

This House Has a Commode That's an Ode to Dwight Schrute

This lovely home in Howell, Michigan is beautiful. It's tastefully decorated in a lovely color scheme, there's extensive hardwood flooring, a newly remodeled kitchen, and - wait for it - a bathroom that pays homage to Dwight Schrute.

You're going to like what you see. That's what she said.

$3 Million Michigan Playground Estate with Resort Style Pool & Room for 20 Cars

Cars lovers listen up! For those who love resort-style living, this one is for you! The best part is we are talking about just one home. This Rochester, Michigan home is on the market for $3M and is loaded with extras you could only dream of. Love cars? There's room for 20 of them. Enjoy wine? It has its own wine cellar with a tasting room. Did we mention a pool and backyard area that resembles a 5-star resort? It has that too. Take a look at this masterpiece.