david rutledge http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County State Lawmakers Say Projected Revenue Declines Another Concern About Roads Plan http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-state-lawmakers-say-projected-revenue-declines-another-concern-about-roads <div>Michigan lawmakers will likely have less money than earlier projected to put into next year's budget. &nbsp;The revenue estimating conference takes place Thursday, but the House Fiscal Agency is anticipating $873 million dollars less in state revenues for this year and next compared to the January conference. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:40:36 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45844 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County State Lawmakers Say Projected Revenue Declines Another Concern About Roads Plan Ballot Proposal to Raise Michigan's Minimum Wage Possible This Year http://wemu.org/post/ballot-proposal-raise-michigans-minimum-wage-possible-year <p></p><p>Income inequality is expected to be one of the key topics in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, but the issue is making news in Michigan as well.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO: &nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/campaign-seek-minimum-wage-hike-michigan" style="font-size: 1.143em; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 31px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Campaign to seek Minimum Wage Hike in Michigan</a></p><p>A new ballot proposal committee is considering over the new few weeks if they will try to put a&nbsp; question on the November ballot to raise Michigan's minimum wage.&nbsp;</p><p>State Representative David Rutledge says an increase will help Michigan particularly the Ypsilanti area.&nbsp; Rutledge says it may cost businesses more in salaries, but they will benefit as well through consumers having more money to spend on goods and services.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />State Senator Bert Johnson has introduced legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10 &nbsp;per hour by 2016, but similar legislation never made it out of committee last session.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan's minimum wage has been $7.40 hourly, since 2008, but for tipped workers has remained at $2.65 since the early 1990's.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:51:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40724 at http://wemu.org Ballot Proposal to Raise Michigan's Minimum Wage Possible This Year Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-lawmakers-respond-governor-rick-snyders-state-state-address <link href="“http://wemu.org/post/michigan-state-state-address-2014”" rel="standout" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="Michigan, State of the State, Rick Synder, Reinventing Michigan" name="news_keywords" /><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129977757&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/michigan-state-state-address-2014"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan State of the State Address 2014</span></a></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>55th District State Representative Adam Zemke says he heard some positive things in Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address.&nbsp; Zemke however says the details of the speech leave some questions.&nbsp; He says the governor's statements on increased K-12 education funding left out the fact that without increases in direct per-pupil funding means more money isn't getting to classrooms.</p><p><br />Zemke says he did appreciate the governor talking about work on educator effectiveness since excellent teachers and administrators are the key.&nbsp; He says when it comes to discussion of the projected surplus lawmakers need to remember most of it is one time money.&nbsp; He says tax relief should be focused on the lowest income residents that have seen tax hikes while Snyder has been in office.<br /><br />53rd District State Representative Jeff Irwin says he heard what he expected in Governor Rick Snyder's state of the state address.&nbsp; Irwin says in an election year Snyder tried to wipe away his record on taxes, education, and other areas.&nbsp; Irwin says Snyder carefully parsed his words on issues like tax reductions to make statements that are off the reality most residents are facing.&nbsp; He says it was disappointing Snyder didn't talk about energy policy or higher education at all in his address.&nbsp; He says the projected surplus should go back to the pensioners and low-income workers whose higher taxes created the surplus.</p><p>54th District State Representative David Rutledge says Governor Rick Snyder had a lot of lovely rhetoric in his state of the state address, but he says the governor has backslid on promises in the past.&nbsp; Rutledge says he supports greater investment in early childhood education but the governor's statements on the issue left out the fact the funds came from k-12 education.&nbsp; He says by counting funds for teacher pensions the governor may be accurate in saying more money is going to k-12, he says more money isn't going to classrooms.<br /> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:22:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40324 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address 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 Rutledge Says Part Time Legislature Would Hurt Citizens http://wemu.org/post/rutledge-says-part-time-legislature-would-hurt-citizens <p>State lawmakers are considering whether they could get their work done on a part-time basis, but one local legislator doesn't like the idea.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:02:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 24823 at http://wemu.org Rutledge Says Part Time Legislature Would Hurt Citizens Rutledge Wants More Help for Local Governments http://wemu.org/post/rutledge-wants-more-help-local-governments <p>A local state legislator says he'll be closely watching Governor Snyder's state-of-the-state address tonight, hoping to hear a plan for more help for struggling local governments.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:34:08 +0000 Bob Eccles 24315 at http://wemu.org