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Flint Water
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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


Freedom of Information Act
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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.


Water
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Some state lawmakers got an early peek at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.  A top state environmental official shared some details in testimony before a state House budget subcommittee.

FOIA
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A battle is brewing in the state legislature over government transparency for the governor and legislature.


Criminal Justice Bills Headed For Snyder’s Desk

Mar 10, 2017
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Michigan is on its way toward sweeping changes in its criminal justice system.  The State House passed a large package of legislation Wednesday. 


Classroom
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Students need more options outside of traditional, college-track education.  That’s the thought behind new legislation scheduled to be introduced this week. 


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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right.  But not everyone is on board.   


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


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There’s renewed interest in criminal justice reform in Lansing.


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Yousef Rabhi, representing the 53rd District, is one of three new State House Representatives from Washtenaw County.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to spend a day with Rabhi and report on the work he’s doing on your behalf in Lansing.


Adam Zemke
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Since the Flint Water Crisis we have all, at some point, questioned the safety of our water.  That crisis is still being addressed and serves as a cautionary tale for what can happen around the rest of the state.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with 55th District State Representative Adam Zemke about the health of our water and what needs to be done.


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There won’t be an income tax cut anytime soon in Michigan. 

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Governor Rick Snyder won’t support a plan to roll back the state income tax rate without a matching plan to cut spending.


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Lawmakers in Lansing might not try to do away with the state income tax after all, but they are still looking to reduce it. 


Brownfield
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Legislation that would give companies building on blighted and undesirable land a tax break is swiftly making its way through the Senate.  But it could be headed for a roadblock.  


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An income tax rollback, a more transparent government, and reducing auto insurance rates - those are some of the main priorities for House Republicans during this session.  They rolled out the plan Thursday.


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State House Republicans are aggressively pushing through an income tax cut and rollback, despite numerous questions raised during a committee hearing about what funding cuts could happen in other areas if the bill passes.


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Education, public safety, and paying down the long term debt will be Governor Rick Snyder’s top priorities when he unveils his 2018 budget today. 


Michigan Senators Tackle Voting Reform

Jan 25, 2017
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Michigan lawmakers seem to be making voting laws a priority.  Lawmakers in both chambers have now introduced legislation they say will make voting easier. 


Jeff Irwin
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The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is expected to appoint a new member tonight to replace Donna Lasinski.  Her seat became available after the November general election in which she won a seat in the state House of Representatives.   


Speed Limit
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Some rural freeways and highways in Michigan might see a speed limit increase.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a package of bills headed for his desk.


Rebekah Warren
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Speed limits could soon be going up on some Michigan highways.


Voter Identification Bills Pass Through House

Dec 8, 2016
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Bills creating stricter voter identification laws are quickly making their way through the Legislature.  


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Teachers, firefighters and police are celebrating today.  That’s after lawmakers dropped legislation that would make drastic changes to their retirement benefits.  


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