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In response to the death of 40-year-old Aura Rosser, some Ann Arbor City Council members want a review of police policies including the possibility of having officers wear cameras. A local state lawmaker is working on a plan for all police in Michigan to have body cameras.


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In 2008 Michigan lawmakers approved a requirement for 10 percent of the state's power to come from renewable sources by the end of 2015. Utilities are on pace to likely hit that target, but it's unclear what the state's energy policy will be going forward.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers hope the upcoming energy policy discussion will led to fewer barriers for individuals and small groups to produce and sell green power.


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With most schools opening next week a group of parents, teachers, and other supporters of public education are holding a rally Thursday night in Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.  The rally is designed to focus on the positives public schools bring to communities and the need for additional funding.


Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks'

Jul 3, 2014
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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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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.  


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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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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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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.

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.

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.  


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.

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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.

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.


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. 


WCC Hosts House Subcommittee Hearing

May 20, 2013
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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.

Decriminalizing Pot Possession

Apr 25, 2013

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.