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Michigan lawmakers will likely have less money than earlier projected to put into next year's budget.  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.  


Representative David E. Rutledge
State of Michigan

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. 

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A new ballot proposal committee is considering over the new few weeks if they will try to put a  question on the November ballot to raise Michigan's minimum wage. 

State Representative David Rutledge says an increase will help Michigan particularly the Ypsilanti area.  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.
   
State Senator Bert Johnson has introduced legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10  per hour by 2016, but similar legislation never made it out of committee last session. 

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.


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55th District State Representative Adam Zemke says he heard some positive things in Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address.  Zemke however says the details of the speech leave some questions.  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.

Zemke says he did appreciate the governor talking about work on educator effectiveness since excellent teachers and administrators are the key.  He says when it comes to discussion of the projected surplus lawmakers need to remember most of it is one time money.  He says tax relief should be focused on the lowest income residents that have seen tax hikes while Snyder has been in office.

53rd District State Representative Jeff Irwin says he heard what he expected in Governor Rick Snyder's state of the state address.  Irwin says in an election year Snyder tried to wipe away his record on taxes, education, and other areas.  Irwin says Snyder carefully parsed his words on issues like tax reductions to make statements that are off the reality most residents are facing.  He says it was disappointing Snyder didn't talk about energy policy or higher education at all in his address.  He says the projected surplus should go back to the pensioners and low-income workers whose higher taxes created the surplus.

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.  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.  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.

The State House had already passed a version of a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to about 320,000 low-income residents in 2014. The State Senate stalled the measure until this week, when it passed a version with some new elements. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, State House lawmakers are again preparing to vote on Medicaid expansion.


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.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Rutledge Wants More Help for Local Governments

Jan 16, 2013

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.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.