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WEMU News
3:29 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks'

53rd District State Representative Jeff Irwin (D)
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A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.

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. 

Representative Jeff Irwin says this is what happens when road projects are funded by earmarks rather than by a set formula.

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Community
4:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Washtenaw County State Lawmakers Say Projected Revenue Declines Another Concern About Roads Plan

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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.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on projected declines in state revenues and concerns local lawmakers have on plans to use the general fund to pay for road repairs.

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Community
2:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks Attorney General Bill Schuette is wasting tax payer dollars trying to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Issues of the Environment
2:57 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Proposed Regulations To Help Remediate Pall-Gelman Dioxane Plume

State Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, (D)-53rd District
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As Concerns About the Pall/Gelman Plume Linger, Rep. Jeff Irwin Pushes House Bill to Require the MDEQ to Align Contaminate Clean-up Standards with EPA Standards

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Community
6:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Debbie Dingell Officially Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

Debbie Dingell speaks with reporters at Ann Arbor's Downtown Home and Garden.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Debbie Dingell formally announced today she's running for the 12th Congressional seat her husband has held for nearly 60 years.  Dingell had kick-off events in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti.

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WEMU News
3:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Michigan Legislative Democrats propose New Way for Students to pay for College

Michigan's college students could soon have a new way to pay for school. Democrats in the state legislature are proposing a pilot program that would completely pay for a student's college tuition. State Representative Jeff Irwin says students who use the program would pay back a percentage of the their yearly income for the next 20 years, rather than a fixed amount of money like with a typical student loan. If approved, the 53rd District Democrat says the pilot program would assist 200 students, divided evenly between 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities.

Community
2:42 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Education Achievement Authority Slammed at Community Forum in Ann Arbor

Critics of the Education Achievement Authority want to not only stop the spread of the reform effort but also want it out of Detroit, that was the message Tuesday night at a community forum on the issue hosted by the Ann Arbor Education Authority.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a forum in Ann Arbor on the Education Achievement Authority.

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Politics
7:36 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

State Representative Jeff Irwin's take on Governor's Budget Proposal

State Representative Jeff Irwin

State Representative Jeff Irwin sees some things to be excited about in the Governor's budget proposal, but funding for K-12 education is not one of them. 

The Democrat from Ann Arbor says restoring about $100 in per-pulpil state funding doesn't go far enough to replace cuts made in 2011.

Irwin says he was glad to see higher education getting a 6.1 %  increase in state funding, and he likes that the Governor is moving forward to make dental care more accessible for low-income kids.

Community
11:22 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address

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SEE ALSO: Michigan State of the State Address 2014

 

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.

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Environment
8:33 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Right-to-Know Pesticide Legislation

Would you be surprised to know that pesticides are being sprayed around you and your neighborhood? Michigan residents could soon be notified when pesticides have been applied near their properties with new right-to-know legislation.  

In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin about House Bill 4841. 

The 53rd District Democrat seeks to pass into law a measure that would give all residents of Michigan the opportunity to register with the State of Michigan, and be notified when pesticides are being used near their property. Right-to-Know pesticide legislation is the focus on this installment of WEMU's weekly feature, Issues of the Environment.

Issues of the Environment for 9/11/13

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Community
6:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Locals Call For Immigration Reform At All Levels Of Government

Local supporters of immigration reform are calling for action on federal, state, and local levels  of government. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the group, Organizing for Action Washtenaw, hosted a forum on immigration reform Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan. 

Local action group hosts forum at U of M and calls for immigration reform at all levels of government

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Local News
6:13 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

WCC Hosts House Subcommittee Hearing

Democratic State Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor listens to testimony
Credit Bob Eccles

Washtenaw Community College hosted a hearing of the Michigan House Community College Subcommittee on Appropriations Monday afternoon.


WCC President Rose Bellanca told the subcommittee that it would be helpful if the state would help community colleges pay for developmental programs for students who aren't quite ready for college. 

She also thanked the panel for a proposed two-and-a-half percent increase in funding for community colleges.

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State Government
9:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Decriminalizing Pot Possession

Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin is introducing legislation to decriminalize the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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