The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project. Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.
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.
Legislation to rewrite or clarify recent changes in Michigan's foreclosure rules has taken a step forward.
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.
Budget surplus quells fears of cuts to school funding in Michigan
By Jake Neher
A state budget surplus is easing some concerns about funding for public schools in Michigan.
Last year, the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan warned recent funding increases for schools and early childhood programs might not be sustainable. It estimated they would create a $240 million hole in the state’s School Aid Budget.
State lawmakers have left Lansing for the holidays and won’t return until January 8th. But they already have a long list of things to do heading into 2014. One of the big jobs they’ll face will be finding money to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure.
Early this year, Governor Rick Snyder urged lawmakers to boost funding for roads by more than a billion dollars. But Snyder’s idea to raise the state’s gas tax and vehicle registration fees never won enough support in the Legislature – and neither did any other proposal.
Governor Rick Snyder made a stop in Saline last night to participate in a town hall meeting where he warned the crowd to be careful voting on ballot proposals that would change the state Constitution. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.