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7:34 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

ArtServe Michigan reviews proposed Michigan Budget

ArtServe Michigan

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

ArtServe Michigan sees some reason to be happy with portions of the Governor's budget proposal. 

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Michigan News
5:46 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Governor Rick Snyder's 2014 Budget Overview

Governor Rick Snyder presents his 2014 budget to legislators
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

Governor Snyder sat down with Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta to talk about his budget plan.

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Michigan News
10:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snyder, other Midwest Governors, seek Federal Help with Fuel Emergency

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Governor Rick Snyder and other Midwestern governors have asked for federal assistance to help ease a shortage of propane gas throughout the region. 

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Michigan News
10:46 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Juvenile 'Lifers' Have No Shot at Parole

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So-called "juvenile lifers" in Michigan would not get a chance at parole under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House. That's unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise.

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Michigan News
4:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

You Know It's Cold When Kenny Martin Wears Pants

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:12 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Kenny Martin finally hit his limit. He's a mailman working out of the Walled Lake post office northwest of Detroit. Despite that northern location he wears shorts all year around. He gives the Detroit Free Press a simple explanation, quote, "I hate pants. They chaffe."

This winter finally broke him. He's put on pants on some of the coldest days though he still likes shorts and adds: I have a very high tolerance for pain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Michigan News
10:38 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Governor Rick Snyder Launches Re-election Bid

Governor Rick Snyder announces his re-election bid in Detroit
Credit Rick Pluta

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan's economic recovery is just starting and he wants four more years to finish the job. The governor formally launched his reelection campaign with stops in Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. Day Two of the governor's reelection announcement tour has stops scheduled in Traverse City, Frankenmuth and at Oakland Community College.

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Michigan News
7:11 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Michigan Legislature Unlikely to consider Raising Minimum Wage in 2014

Legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage all but ruled out, ballot drive likely
By Jake Neher

Legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage is not likely to go anywhere in 2014.

Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are not eager to take up bills to raise it above $7.40 an hour.

"It's a firm 'no' for me," said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. "I think that individual CEOs of companies in Michigan should make those decisions based on the marketplace, not some arbitrary law."

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The Two Way
12:59 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver

Lake Michigan, now partially frozen, as snow and clouds blow over.
NOAA

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 1:35 pm

A photo posted by our friends at Michigan's Interlochen Public Radio is so cool we just had to know more about it and about what's going on with the Great Lakes during this extra-frigid winter.

As you'll see, the satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows clouds and snow blowing across the now partially ice-covered Lake Michigan.

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Michigan News
7:56 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Income Tax Reduction Proposal Moving Forward

Income tax reduction clears committee, goes to full state Senate
By Jake Neher

Plans to reduce Michigan's income tax rate are moving forward in the state Legislature. A state Senate panel approved a bill Wednesday that would phase in the tax cut over three years.

The income tax rate would go from 4.25% to 3.9% by 2017.

"This is a tax on work," said Scott Hagerstrom with the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity of Michigan. "You want more of something? Tax it less. We want more work and more productivity."

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Michigan News
7:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Mixed Response to possible Tax Break for Oil and Gas Companies

Environmental groups divided over possible tax break for oil and gas companies

By Jake Neher  

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Michigan News
7:44 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

House to Consider Requiring Candidates to Disclose Felony Convictions

Bill would require felons to declare their past if they go into politics

By Rick Pluta and Jake Neher  

The state House could vote soon on a measure to require political candidates to reveal felony convictions that occurred within the prior 10 years. A state House committee approved the legislation today (Tue.) that would require political candidates to declare felony convictions within the past 10 years.   

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Code Switch
12:12 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Can The Auto Industry Win The Future If It Looks Like 1974?

Incoming General Motors CEO Mary Barra at the center of the press scrum during the North American International Auto Show.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 5:33 pm

So my week at the North American International Auto Show is wrapping up. It's my fourth Detroit Auto Show. And boy has it come a long way.

There is a vibrancy and spirit this year that's different than other shows. There's also been a lot more money spent. The tenor of the show is very different than when the federal government had an ownership stake in Chrysler and General Motors.

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Michigan News
7:54 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Campaign to seek Minimum Wage Hike in Michigan

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Campaign will try to raise minimum wage
By Rick Pluta

A ballot campaign is organizing to give a pay raise to the roughly 90 thousand Michigan workers who make the state minimum wage of $7.40.

The Raise Michigan coalition says it's looking to boost the state minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10.10 and index it to inflation. Tipped employees, such as restaurant servers, would also see a raise.  

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Michigan News
7:52 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Fewer Caregivers but Record State Revenues from Medical Marijuana in Michigan

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State sees record revenues from medical marijuana program, but fewer caregivers
By Jake Neher

State officials are reporting record revenues from Michigan's medical marijuana program last fiscal year. They say the state took in almost $11 million dollars. That's up about $1 million from the year before, and $7 million more than it costs the state to oversee the program.

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Michigan News
7:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Push for Part-Time State Legislature Begins

Campaign launches effort to make the state Legislature part-time

By Jake Neher

Michigan voters could see a question on the November ballot this year asking them to make the state Legislature part-time.

The Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature has turned in petition language to the state Bureau of Elections.

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Michigan News
7:20 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

State Legislators Considering Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Push

Snyder breathes new life into balanced budget amendment efforts

By Rick Pluta

It took a push from Governor Rick Snyder, but efforts to put Michigan on record as supporting a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution are moving again at the state Capitol. Governor Snyder supported the idea last week in his State of the State address. Today (Thu.), a state House committee held its first hearing on two resolutions calling on Congress to convene a convention of the states to draft a balanced budget amendment. 

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Michigan News
7:18 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Lawyers May Not Have To Pay State Bar Membership Dues

“Right-to-work for lawyers” bill introduced in Lansing

By Jake Neher

Attorneys would no longer be required to pay membership dues to the State Bar of Michigan under a new bill in Lansing.

In 2012, the state made it illegal to require workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state.

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Michigan News
11:24 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Statewide Teacher Evaluations Debated in Lansing

Bipartisan legislation in Lansing would create a statewide system to evaluate teachers and school administrators. The evaluations would be based partly on student growth and standardized tests.

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Michigan News
11:22 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

State Jobless Rate Drops

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Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percentage point last month to eight-point-four percent.

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Michigan News
11:21 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Governor Snyder Announces Plan to Protect DIA Assets in Detroit Bankruptcy

From the DIA's InsideOut program

Snyder announces plan to shield DIA assets from Detroit bankruptcy

By Rick Pluta

Governor Rick Snyder has proposed committing up to $350 million to help mitigate cuts to Detroit pension benefits – as well as keep assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts off the auction block.

The state’s offer would play out over 20 years and would match money raised from private donations to make sure DIA paintings, sculptures, and other works of art don’t get sold off to pay pension benefits that are central to the bankruptcy negotiations.

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Michigan News
1:27 am
Wed January 22, 2014

State Transportation Director Blasts Lawmakers for Shunning Road Repairs

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Michigan’s top transportation official is blasting state lawmakers for all but giving up on passing a long-term road funding fix this year.

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Statewide News
8:07 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Major Boost in Road Funding Not Likely in Michigan in 2014

State lawmakers return to Lansing this week with Governor Rick Snyder’s policy goals for 2014 in hand. But few are optimistic they’ll be able to pass legislation to boost road and infrastructure funding before the November election.

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Statewide News
8:06 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Governor calls for Civility in Martin Luther King Day Address

Snyder renews call for “civility” in MLK Day address

By Rick Pluta

Governor Rick Snyder used a Martin Luther King Day speech to call for more public civility. His remarks come as a state Republican leader continues to roil his party with comments about gay people and Muslims.

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