Michigan House of Representatives http://wemu.org en Michigan House Republicans Prefer No Inflationary Ties To Minimum Wage http://wemu.org/post/michigan-house-republicans-prefer-no-inflationary-ties-minimum-wage <p><strong>Republican wants to make sure state minimum wage doesn't get tied to inflation</strong><br /><br /><br />A bill to boost Michigan's minimum wage would not be tied to inflation if a state House committee chair gets his way.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 00:28:35 +0000 Jake Neher 46291 at http://wemu.org Michigan House Republicans Prefer No Inflationary Ties To Minimum Wage Minimum Wage Hearing Planned In State House http://wemu.org/post/minimum-wage-hearing-planned-state-house <p><strong>Bill boosting minimum wage to $9.20 an hour to get hearing in state House</strong><br /><br />The debate over raising Michigan's minimum wage moves to the state House Wednesday.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:24:39 +0000 Jake Neher 46165 at http://wemu.org Minimum Wage Hearing Planned In State House Split Vote In Michigan House To Let Coal Ash Be Used In Roads http://wemu.org/post/split-vote-michigan-house-let-coal-ash-be-used-roads <div>Divided Michigan lawmakers have voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and other products.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The main bill approved 68-42 Tuesday by the Republican-led House would classify coal ash and other materials as "low-hazard" industrial wastes.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 07 May 2014 09:26:58 +0000 Associated Press 45488 at http://wemu.org Split Vote In Michigan House To Let Coal Ash Be Used In Roads EAA, Detroit and Budget on Michigan Legislative Agenda This Week http://wemu.org/post/eaa-detroit-and-budget-michigan-legislative-agenda-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate returns this week after three weeks away from Lansing.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:47:27 +0000 Jake Neher 44678 at http://wemu.org EAA, Detroit and Budget on Michigan Legislative Agenda This Week Michigan House Debates Expanding Troubled Schools Agency http://wemu.org/post/michigan-house-debates-expanding-troubled-schools-agency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><div>By a single-vote majority, the state House has approved a measure that allows Michigan to put some of the worst-performing schools into an alternative system. It expands a bill approved a year ago that created the Education Achievement Authority, which currently runs 15 schools in Detroit.</div><div> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:32:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 43163 at http://wemu.org Michigan House Debates Expanding Troubled Schools Agency Michigan House Calls For Balanced Federal Budget http://wemu.org/post/michigan-house-calls-balanced-federal-budget <div>The Republican-controlled Michigan House is asking Congress to convene a constitutional convention requiring that the federal budget be balanced. &nbsp;</div><p></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A resolution approved 77-32 Thursday would join Michigan with around 20 other states that have called for a balanced budget convention. Thirty-four states are needed to convene the convention, and 38 would have to ratify the convention's proposal to go into effect.</span></div><div> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:34:34 +0000 Associated Press 43161 at http://wemu.org Michigan House Calls For Balanced Federal Budget Michigan Lawmakers Discuss Scrap Metal Theft http://wemu.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-discuss-scrap-metal-theft <p><strong>Lawmakers revive talks over scrap metal theft</strong><br />By Jake Neher<br /><br /><br />There's a new push in Lansing to pass legislation meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan. Votes in the House and Senate could come as soon as this week.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:35:20 +0000 Jake Neher 42985 at http://wemu.org Michigan Lawmakers Discuss Scrap Metal Theft Road Funding, Medicaid at Heart of Budget Impasse http://wemu.org/post/road-funding-medicaid-heart-budget-impasse <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state House and Senate have not been able to agree on a mid-year budget bill.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:02:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 42406 at http://wemu.org Road Funding, Medicaid at Heart of Budget Impasse State Lawmakers Look To Get Rid of the "R" Word http://wemu.org/post/state-lawmakers-look-get-rid-r-word <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from state law.&nbsp; The legislation in Lansing incorporates some recent recommendations from a mental health commission appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:58:32 +0000 Associated Press 42302 at http://wemu.org State Lawmakers Look To Get Rid of the "R" Word Lawmakers encourage Year-Round School http://wemu.org/post/lawmakers-encourage-year-round-school-0 <div><strong>State lawmakers look to encourage year-round schools</strong></div><div>By Jake Neher</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some at-risk schools in Michigan could soon get more state funding if they agree to go year-round. A state House panel heard testimony on the idea Tuesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In his budget address this month, Governor Rick Snyder called for a state pilot program to encourage year-round schooling. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:55:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 41731 at http://wemu.org Lawmakers encourage Year-Round School http://wemu.org/post/lawmakers-encourage-year-round-school <div><strong>State lawmakers look to encourage year-round schools</strong></div><div>By Jake Neher</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some at-risk schools in Michigan could soon get more state funding if they agree to go year-round. A state House panel heard testimony on the idea Tuesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In his budget address this month, Governor Rick Snyder called for a state pilot program to encourage year-round schooling. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:55:39 +0000 Bob Eccles 41730 at http://wemu.org Michigan Legislative Democrats propose New Way for Students to pay for College http://wemu.org/post/michigan-legislative-democrats-propose-new-way-students-pay-college <div>Michigan's college students could soon have a new way to pay for school.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Democrats in the state legislature are proposing a pilot program that would completely pay for a student's college tuition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>State Representative Jeff Irwin says students who use the program would pay back a percentage of the their yearly income for the next 20 years, rather than a fixed amount of money like with a typical student loan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If approved, the </span>53rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> District D Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:42:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 41578 at http://wemu.org Mixed Response to possible Tax Break for Oil and Gas Companies http://wemu.org/post/mixed-response-possible-tax-break-oil-and-gas-companies <div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(50, 51, 51);"><b>Environmental groups divided over possible tax break for oil and gas companies</b></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(50, 51, 51);">By Jake Neher&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:45:36 +0000 Bob Eccles 40799 at http://wemu.org Push for Part-Time State Legislature Begins http://wemu.org/post/push-part-time-state-legislature-begins <p><strong>Campaign launches effort to make the state Legislature part-time</strong></p><p><strong>By Jake Neher</strong></p><p>Michigan voters could see a question on the November ballot this year asking them to make the state Legislature part-time.</p><p>The Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature has turned in petition language to the state Bureau of Elections.</p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:19:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 40633 at http://wemu.org Local State Representative envisions something a Little Different in Tax Relief http://wemu.org/post/local-state-representative-envisions-something-little-different-tax-relief <p>State Representative Adam Zemke supports tax relief for Michigan residents, but not in the form being discussed in Lansing.&nbsp;</p><p>The 55th district Democrat says he'd rather see the earned income tax credit restored than a cut in the state income tax. Zemke says that would better help Michigan's low-income families displaced by the state's fluctuating economy.</p><p>Zemke is also outlining his legislative goals for 2014, and education is at the top of the list.</p><p>Zemke says Michigan's most valuable resource is the talent of its residents. He has been calling for an increased focus on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - in public schools.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:23:46 +0000 Bob Eccles 40173 at http://wemu.org Local State Representative envisions something a Little Different in Tax Relief Bolger, State House GOP Stands Firm Against Repealing Tax on Pensions http://wemu.org/post/bolger-state-house-gop-stands-firm-against-repealing-tax-pensions <p><strong>Bolger, state House GOP stand firm against repealing tax on pensions</strong><br />By Jake Neher<br /><br />State House Republicans on Thursday formally unveiled their priorities for 2014 - and an election-year tax cut is near the top of the list.</p><p></p><p><br />The big question is, who will get that tax cut?<br /><br />Democrats say it should be retirees. A couple years ago, the state stopped allowing people to exempt pension income from their taxes. Democrats say that policy unfairly burdened retirees and needs to go.<br /><br />But state House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says he's not open to that idea.<br /><br />"If you're going to tax income, all income should be treated the same," Bolger said.<br /><br />"I would be very resistant to undoing the reform we did last time. That is a reform that makes our tax system more fair."<br /><br />Many Republicans in Lansing favor reducing the state's income tax rate.<br /><br />Bolger says improving Michigan's roads and bridges and overhauling the state's controversial auto no-fault law are also among legislative priorities in the new year.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:40:25 +0000 Bob Eccles 40033 at http://wemu.org Bolger, State House GOP Stands Firm Against Repealing Tax on Pensions State House To Vote On Medicaid Expansion http://wemu.org/post/state-house-vote-medicaid-expansion <p>The State House had already passed a version of a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to about 320,000&nbsp;low-income residents in 2014. The State Senate stalled the measure until this week, when it passed a version with some new elements.&nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, State House lawmakers are again preparing to vote on Medicaid expansion.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:46:54 +0000 Andrew Cluley 34322 at http://wemu.org State House To Vote On Medicaid Expansion