Michigan Legislature http://wemu.org en Road Funding Debate Begins In Lansing http://wemu.org/post/road-funding-debate-begins-lansing <p><strong>Legislature begins debate over $500 million road funding plan</strong><br /><br /><br />A plan to boost state road spending by about half-a-billion dollars a year is taking shape. State lawmakers introduced four bills Thursday that are now part of the package.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:04:03 +0000 Jake Neher 44554 at http://wemu.org Road Funding Debate Begins In Lansing Prominent Democrats Skeptical About Road Fix Proposal http://wemu.org/post/prominent-democrats-skeptical-about-road-fix-proposal <p><strong>Some prominent Democrats skeptical about proposal to fix roads</strong><br /><br /><br />A state House Republican plan to fix Michigan's crumbling infrastructure is drawing criticism from some prominent Democrats.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:35:30 +0000 Jake Neher 44041 at http://wemu.org Prominent Democrats Skeptical About Road Fix Proposal Lieutenant Governor Signs Bill To Eliminate 'Dumb' Tax http://wemu.org/post/lieutenant-governor-signs-bill-eliminate-dumb-tax <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;LANSING&nbsp;- Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to ensure local government budgets aren't hurt if manufacturers and small businesses get planned tax cuts.</div><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:18:04 +0000 Associated Press 43769 at http://wemu.org Lieutenant Governor Signs Bill To Eliminate 'Dumb' Tax Michigan Road Fixes May Be Coming Soon http://wemu.org/post/michigan-road-fixes-may-be-coming-soon <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for <a href="https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9615---,00.html" target="_blank">Michigan’s roads </a>could be coming sooner than expected.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:47:27 +0000 Jake Neher 43655 at http://wemu.org Michigan Road Fixes May Be Coming Soon Labor Courses could cost MSU http://wemu.org/post/labor-courses-could-cost-msu <p><strong>MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses</strong><br /><br /><br /><br />Michigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:52:31 +0000 Jake Neher 43527 at http://wemu.org Labor Courses could cost MSU State Lawmakers Push for Balanced Budget Amendment http://wemu.org/post/state-lawmakers-push-balanced-budget-amendment <p><strong>Michigan lawmakers urge Congress to require a balanced federal budget</strong><br />By Jake Neher<br /><br /><br />Michigan is joining at least 17 other states in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:27:26 +0000 Jake Neher 43468 at http://wemu.org State Lawmakers Push for Balanced Budget Amendment Snyder touts EAA in New York ahead of possible Senate vote this week http://wemu.org/post/snyder-touts-eaa-new-york-ahead-possible-senate-vote-week-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate could vote this week on a bill to bolster a controversial state-run authority meant to turn around failing schools.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:13:03 +0000 Jake Neher 43351 at http://wemu.org Snyder touts EAA in New York ahead of possible Senate vote this week Legislative Breakfast to focus on No-Fault Proposal http://wemu.org/post/legislative-breakfast-focus-no-fault-proposal <p>St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hosts a legislative breakfast Monday at which the topic will be the effort to change Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The meeting is the latest in a series sponsored by the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council.</p><p>Attendees will hear from families who have benefited from no-fault insurance coverage for catastrophic auto accident injuries, along with health care professionals, including Dr. Owen Perlman, Medical Director of Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:42:03 +0000 Bob Eccles 43188 at http://wemu.org Legislative Breakfast to focus on No-Fault Proposal Governor Snyder Supports Treating E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco http://wemu.org/post/governor-snyder-supports-treating-e-cigarettes-tobacco <p><strong>Snyder: Treat e-cigarettes like tobacco</strong><br /><br />Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.</p><p></p><p><br />The governor says it makes more sense to simply treat them as a tobacco product.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:30:02 +0000 Rick Pluta 43095 at http://wemu.org Governor Snyder Supports Treating E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco Michigan metal theft bill caught up in legislative fight http://wemu.org/post/michigan-metal-theft-bill-caught-legislative-fight <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Five years after Michigan targeted copper thefts plaguing cities like Detroit and disrupting railroads and utilities, plans to better restrict sales of stolen scrap metal are caught in a legislative fight.</div><p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:47:32 +0000 Associated Press 42906 at http://wemu.org Michigan metal theft bill caught up in legislative fight Abortion Coverage Not an Option for those Buying their Own Insurance http://wemu.org/post/abortion-coverage-not-option-those-buying-their-own-insurance <p><strong>Michiganders buying insurance on their own cannot get abortion coverage</strong><br /> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:43:31 +0000 Jake Neher 42852 at http://wemu.org Abortion Coverage Not an Option for those Buying their Own Insurance Bill to Lift Cap on Microbreweries on Governor's Desk http://wemu.org/post/bill-lift-cap-microbreweries-governors-desk <div><strong>State could soon pop the cap off microbreweries - or at least lift it&nbsp;</strong></div><div>By Jake Neher</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Michigan craft breweries are cheering the state Legislature for passing bills to ease some state regulations.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The state House sent the bill package to Gov. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:14:11 +0000 Jake Neher 42813 at http://wemu.org Wolf Hunt Issue getting Closer to Ballot http://wemu.org/post/wolf-hunt-issue-getting-closer-ballot <p><strong>Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions</strong><br /><br />The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state's first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:48:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 42750 at http://wemu.org Wolf Hunt Issue getting Closer to Ballot State Attorney General Officers Talk About Human Trafficking During Visit To EMU http://wemu.org/post/state-attorney-general-officers-talk-about-human-trafficking-during-visit-emu <p>When you think about crime in Michigan, human trafficking may not leap to mind.&nbsp; But three high-ranking officers in the state Attorney General's office say it probably should.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol Isaacs was among those who participated in a discussion on human trafficking at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 42685 at http://wemu.org State Attorney General Officers Talk About Human Trafficking During Visit To EMU State Lawmakers, Governor Wrangle Mid-Year Budget http://wemu.org/post/state-lawmakers-governor-wrangle-mid-year-budget <p><strong>Governor meets with legislative leaders to hammer out road fix, Medicaid deal</strong><br /><br /><br />State lawmakers are about to dive into the process of crafting a budget for next fiscal year. But they have to fix some problems with the current year's budget first.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:04:19 +0000 Jake Neher 42612 at http://wemu.org State Lawmakers, Governor Wrangle Mid-Year Budget Taking a New Look at Foreclosure Rules http://wemu.org/post/taking-new-look-foreclosure-rules <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Legislation to rewrite or clarify recent changes in Michigan's foreclosure rules has taken a step forward.</div><p></p><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The bill approved 107-3 by the House last week retains main elements of a law signed last summer by Governor Rick Snyder, including taking away someone's right to save his or her property if an inspector discovers the home's in bad shape due to neglect or other reasons.</div><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:54:27 +0000 Associated Press 42569 at http://wemu.org Taking a New Look at Foreclosure Rules Michigan Bill Would Encourage "Main Street" Investment http://wemu.org/post/michigan-bill-would-encourage-main-street-investment <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Michigan cities are getting behind legislation to create local stock exchanges allowing residents to invest in smaller businesses.</div><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:49:06 +0000 Associated Press 42567 at http://wemu.org Michigan Bill Would Encourage "Main Street" Investment Michigan Edging Toward Year-Round School http://wemu.org/post/michigan-edging-toward-year-round-school <p>Lawmakers in the state House have approved a $2 million program to encourage schools to go year-round. Schools in mostly low-income areas could get money from the state to add air-conditioning and other things allowing them to operate in the summer.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:06:34 +0000 Jake Neher 42408 at http://wemu.org Michigan Edging Toward Year-Round School Lawmakers Move to protect Local Governments if Tax Repeal is Successful http://wemu.org/post/lawmakers-move-protect-local-governments-if-tax-repeal-successful <p><strong>Bills would make sure local government budgets don't get slashed with tax repeal</strong><br />By Jake Neher<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Michigan lawmakers want to make sure local governments do not take a hit if voters decide to repeal an unpopular tax on business equipment.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:49:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 42070 at http://wemu.org Lawmakers Move to protect Local Governments if Tax Repeal is Successful WISD Superintendent Glad to see K-12 Funding Increase in Governor's Budget Plan http://wemu.org/post/wisd-superintendent-glad-see-k-12-funding-increase-governors-budget-plan <div>The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District says he's glad to see an increase in funding for K-12 education in Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Scott Menzel says t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he proposal would bring an increase of $83 to $111 in per-pupil funding to school districts in the county.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Menzel says with several county districts working with small fund balances, and one district operating at a deficit, it's difficult to determine the actual impact the additional state money will have on students.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p>Menzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;believes the most important part of the Governor's education funding plan is a $65,000,000 investment in the Great Start Readiness Program for low-income Pre-school students. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:21:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 41239 at http://wemu.org Snyder, other Midwest Governors, seek Federal Help with Fuel Emergency http://wemu.org/post/snyder-other-midwest-governors-seek-federal-help-fuel-emergency <blockquote><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Snyder and other Midwestern governors have asked for federal assistance to help ease a shortage of propane gas throughout the region.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><div> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:48:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 41106 at http://wemu.org Snyder, other Midwest Governors, seek Federal Help with Fuel Emergency Juvenile 'Lifers' Have No Shot at Parole http://wemu.org/post/juvenile-lifers-have-no-shot-parole <blockquote><p class="p1">So-called "juvenile lifers" in Michigan would not get a chance at parole under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House. That's unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:46:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 41105 at http://wemu.org Juvenile 'Lifers' Have No Shot at Parole Michigan Legislature Unlikely to consider Raising Minimum Wage in 2014 http://wemu.org/post/michigan-legislature-unlikely-consider-raising-minimum-wage-2014 <p><strong>Legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage all but ruled out, ballot drive likely</strong><br />By Jake Neher<br /><br /><br />Legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage is not likely to go anywhere in 2014.<br /><br />Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are not eager to take up bills to raise it above $7.40 an hour.<br /><br />"It's a firm 'no' for me," said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. "I think that individual CEOs of companies in Michigan should make those decisions based on the marketplace, not some arbitrary law."<br /> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:11:32 +0000 Bob Eccles 40911 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 House to Consider Requiring Candidates to Disclose Felony Convictions http://wemu.org/post/house-consider-requiring-candidates-disclose-felony-convictions <div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(50, 51, 51);"><b>Bill would require felons to declare their past if they go into politics</b></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(50, 51, 51);">By Rick Pluta and Jake Neher&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:44:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 40798 at http://wemu.org