Michigan Legislature http://wemu.org en Medical Marijuana Bills Clear Senate Panel http://wemu.org/post/medical-marijuana-bills-clear-senate-panel <p><strong>Future of medical marijuana bills uncertain after clearing state Senate panel</strong></p><p></p><p>Two bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law. A state Senate panel approved the legislation Wednesday.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:24:48 +0000 Jake Neher 48901 at http://wemu.org Medical Marijuana Bills Clear Senate Panel Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-countys-representatives-lansing-do-well-environmental-scorecard <p>Washtenaw County's legislative representatives continue to score highly in the Michigan League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Scorecard.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State Senator Rebekah Warren and Representatives David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke all scored 100 percent, while Representative Gretchen Driskell received an 85 percent rating.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Warren was singled out for her support of legislation to update and increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses.</p><p>Find the complete scorecard online:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:12:22 +0000 Bob Eccles 48547 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' http://wemu.org/post/irwin-blasts-road-funding-earmarks <p>A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The state chose projects that'll receive $115 million in funding based on request from lawmakers, and Democrats complain that most of the work is being done in districts represented by majority Republicans.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 48262 at http://wemu.org Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' Michigan School Superintendents Want Budget Re-Do http://wemu.org/post/michigan-school-superintendents-want-budget-re-do <p><strong>Superintendents blast education budget</strong><br /><br /><br />As Michigan schools begin their new budget year this week, some local superintendents are urging lawmakers to return from their summer break to boost education funding.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:47:40 +0000 Jake Neher 48170 at http://wemu.org Michigan School Superintendents Want Budget Re-Do Economists: Michigan Didn't Think Ending Public Employee Pensions Through http://wemu.org/post/economists-michigan-didnt-think-ending-public-employee-pensions-through <p><strong>Michigan economists warn against ending pensions for public employees</strong><br /><br /><br />Some economists say Michigan failed to consider the consequences of ending pension plans for public workers.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:40:55 +0000 Jake Neher 47836 at http://wemu.org Economists: Michigan Didn't Think Ending Public Employee Pensions Through Governor Requests More Help For Refugees http://wemu.org/post/governor-requests-more-help-refugees <p><strong>Snyder: More needs to be done to help refugees in Michigan</strong><br /><br /><br />The number of refugees who have settled in Michigan has grown in recent years - and Governor Rick Snyder says more should be done to help them.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:32:43 +0000 Jake Neher 47423 at http://wemu.org Governor Requests More Help For Refugees Governor Snyder Not Fan Of Restoring MEAP Test http://wemu.org/post/governor-snyder-not-fan-restoring-meap-test <p><strong>Snyder: Restoring MEAP test not his preference</strong><br /><br />Governor Rick Snyder says he's not giving up on plans to change Michigan's standardized student test. That's despite a provision in the School Aid budget that lawmakers could send to the governor soon. It says schools have to stick with the current test - the MEAP -- for at least another year.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:43:37 +0000 Rick Pluta 47186 at http://wemu.org Governor Snyder Not Fan Of Restoring MEAP Test Ann Arbor Area Superintendents Blast State K-12 Funding Proposal http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-superintendents-blast-state-k-12-funding-proposal <p>The Ann Arbor School Board was set to vote on a balanced budget tonight, but the latest proposal for state funding would leave a big hole to fill.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A House Senate committee's proposal would give the district $2.5 million less than Governor Rick Snyder's plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent&nbsp;Jeanice&nbsp;Swift indicated the board will likely still vote on the original budget tonight.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:06:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47164 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Superintendents Blast State K-12 Funding Proposal WISD Superintendent Concerned About K-12 Funding Proposal http://wemu.org/post/wisd-superintendent-concerned-about-k-12-funding-proposal <p>A proposed increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools would actually leave many area districts at the same or even lower funding levels next fiscal year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>That's according to Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel, who says that would be the net result of moving from a funding formula in which poor districts get twice as large of a funding increase as wealthier districts, to a formula where the minimum foundation grant is boosted by $175.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:24 +0000 Bob Eccles 47127 at http://wemu.org WISD Superintendent Concerned About K-12 Funding Proposal Richardville: More Funding For Film Incentives http://wemu.org/post/richardville-more-funding-film-incentives <p><strong>Michigan film incentives to stay at $50 million, Senate leader wants more</strong><br /><br />The top Republican in the state Senate says he's not satisfied with the amount of money lawmakers have set aside for film and TV productions.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:24:41 +0000 Jake Neher 47124 at http://wemu.org Richardville: More Funding For Film Incentives Road Funding Discussions Dredge Up 'Right To Work' http://wemu.org/post/road-funding-discussions-dredge-right-work <p><strong>'Right to work' part of discussions on roads package</strong><br /><br />Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan's right-to-work law.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:24:24 +0000 Rick Pluta 47123 at http://wemu.org Road Funding Discussions Dredge Up 'Right To Work' Lawmakers Hike K-12 Funding, Nix Standardized Test http://wemu.org/post/lawmakers-hike-k-12-funding-nix-standardized-test <div>Michigan lawmakers have given initial approval to a school budget that boosts spending by 4 percent and prohibits the state from replacing its standardized test next year with one developed by a group of states.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill approved 4-1 Tuesday by a House-Senate conference committee is expected to win final legislative approval this week.</span></div><div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:31:08 +0000 Associated Press 47083 at http://wemu.org Lawmakers Hike K-12 Funding, Nix Standardized Test Road Funding Deal May Have To Wait http://wemu.org/post/road-funding-deal-may-have-wait <p><strong>Gov. Snyder eyes road funding deal this week</strong><br /><br /><br />Gov. Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:21:02 +0000 Jake Neher 47063 at http://wemu.org Road Funding Deal May Have To Wait Road Funding Up In The Air In Lansing http://wemu.org/post/road-funding-air-lansing <p><strong>Road funding talks in flux at state Capitol</strong><br /><br /><br />It looked like there might be a wave of bipartisan cooperation in Lansing. Lawmakers recently voted to raise the state's minimum wage and contribute almost $200 million to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:53:44 +0000 Jake Neher 46865 at http://wemu.org Road Funding Up In The Air In Lansing Ypsilanti Businesses React To Minimum Wage Hike http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-businesses-react-minimum-wage-hike <p>The rising minimum wage doesn't appear to have too many Ypsilanti businesses concerned.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In fact at the Sidetrack Bar and Grill, owner Linda French says she pays her workers at least $10 an hour.&nbsp; She doesn't think the legislature raised the minimum wage high enough.&nbsp;</p><p>Haab's President Mike Kabat is glad the issue didn't come down to referendum that sought to hike the minimum wage for all employees to $10.10 an hour.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:15:24 +0000 Bob Eccles 46523 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Businesses React To Minimum Wage Hike Michigan Legislature OKs Minimum Wage Hike http://wemu.org/post/michigan-legislature-oks-minimum-wage-hike <p><strong>Legislature approves $9.25 Michigan minimum wage</strong><br /><br />Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to quickly sign a bill increases the Michigan minimum raise as a petition campaign is about to file signatures to force the wage floor even higher.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:46:38 +0000 Rick Pluta & Jake Neher 46487 at http://wemu.org Michigan Legislature OKs Minimum Wage Hike 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 Michigan Senate Democrats Say Road Fix Plan Is A No-Go http://wemu.org/post/michigan-senate-democrats-say-road-fix-plan-no-go <p><strong>Senate Democrats do not support plan to fix roads</strong><br /><br /><br />It looks like efforts to boost state road funding by about $1.4 billion dollars may have stalled in the state Senate. That's after Senate Democrats came out against the plan because it would significantly increase the state's gas tax.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:25:24 +0000 Jake Neher 46230 at http://wemu.org Michigan Senate Democrats Say Road Fix Plan Is A No-Go Detroit Bailout Vote Pending In Lansing http://wemu.org/post/detroit-bailout-vote-pending-lansing <p><strong>Lawmakers could cast first votes on Detroit bailout</strong><br /><br />There could be a first vote Wednesday in the Legislature on an almost 200 (m) million dollar bailout for the city of Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan was one of those who testified prior to the historic vote. Duggan says, overall, he supports the plan.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:20:25 +0000 Rick Pluta 46164 at http://wemu.org Detroit Bailout Vote Pending In Lansing State Senate Considers Road Funding Increase http://wemu.org/post/state-senate-considers-road-funding-increase <p><strong>State Senate could triple road funding increase passed by House</strong><br /><br /><br />The Michigan Senate could vote this week on bills that would increase state funding for roads by $1.3-1.4 billion a year. That's almost triple the amount recently approved by the state House.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 23:35:00 +0000 Jake Neher & Rick Pluta 46103 at http://wemu.org State Senate Considers Road Funding Increase Conference Confirms Revenue Reduction http://wemu.org/post/conference-confirms-revenue-reduction <p><strong>Michigan's economy improves, but at a slower pace</strong><br /><br />The long, harsh winter slowed the state's economic recovery. And it took a bite out of tax revenues, leaving Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature with about $300 million less to work with as they put the finishing touches on a new state budget.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:35:55 +0000 Rick Pluta 45920 at http://wemu.org Conference Confirms Revenue Reduction State Senate Postpones Teacher Evaluations http://wemu.org/post/state-senate-postpones-teacher-evaluations <p><strong>State Senate votes to delay statewide teacher evaluations… again</strong><br /><br />It looks like lawmakers could once again delay the implementation of a new statewide teacher evaluation system. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to push back the deadline until the 2015-2016 school year.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:40:44 +0000 Jake Neher 45856 at http://wemu.org State Senate Postpones Teacher Evaluations Changes Possible In Who's In Charge Of Standardized Testing http://wemu.org/post/changes-possible-whos-charge-standardized-testing <p><strong>Bill would take standardized testing duties away from state education officials</strong></p><p></p><p>State education officials would no longer oversee K-12 standardized testing in Michigan under a bill in the state House. It would move those duties to the state Department of Treasury.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:36:43 +0000 Jake Neher 45855 at http://wemu.org Changes Possible In Who's In Charge Of Standardized Testing Richardville: Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Increases 'Just A Matter Of Time' http://wemu.org/post/richardville-gas-tax-vehicle-registration-fee-increases-just-matter-time <p><strong>State Senate leader plans to up the ante on road funding in coming weeks</strong><br /><br />Until recently, it seemed like boosting the state's gas tax, vehicle registration fees, or other new sources of revenue to help fix Michigan's crumbling roads was off the table this year.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:20:06 +0000 Jake Neher 45802 at http://wemu.org Richardville: Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Increases 'Just A Matter Of Time' A Push To Make Natural Gas More Readily Available In Michigan's Rural Areas http://wemu.org/post/push-make-natural-gas-more-readily-available-michigans-rural-areas <p><strong>State lawmakers look to expand natural gas in rural communities</strong><br /><br />New legislation in Lansing would make it easier for utilities to expand access to natural gas in rural Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 00:09:07 +0000 Jake Neher 45745 at http://wemu.org A Push To Make Natural Gas More Readily Available In Michigan's Rural Areas