Michigan News

Abandoned Industrial Site
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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


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Lawmakers in Lansing are trying to put new restrictions on who can run in special elections.  


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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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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.  

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


Muskegon River
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A bottled water company wants permission to pump more water from the Muskegon River Watershed. Local environmental groups are pushing back.  They want the state Department of Environmental Quality to slow down the approval process. 


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Governor Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools. 


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

Bill Schuette
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A former sports doctor for Michigan State University and the US Olympics gymnastics team faces 22 more felony sexual assault charges, as levied by Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette. 


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A girl and her dog Wonder are one step closer to victory in their lawsuit against her former school. 


Ford School of Public Policy
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A survey of local officials across the state finds wide interest in overhauling Michigan’s emergency manager law


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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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Governor Rick Snyder is making a push toward fixing Michigan’s infrastructure.  One statewide construction agency is trying to figure out the most cost effective way to fix the roads, bridges, and sewers. 


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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.


Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency
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A group of experts will try to figure out how a state computer glitch wrongly accused thousands of people of fraud. 


Detroit
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Lawmakers want to offer more incentives to developers building on undesirable land.  The legislation revives a law that didn’t pass last session. 


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Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election, but it doesn’t seem to have changed any results.  That was the finding of audits of the election results, as well as a separate inquiry into ballot irregularities in Detroit.


Michigan School Reform Office
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As the state School Reform Office moves closer to potentially closing multiple schools across Michigan, a bill ending the law is being hotly debated in the Legislature.


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Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget has brought mixed reactions, in some cases from his own party. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget calls for saving and spending, but no new tax cuts to appease Republicans in the Legislature


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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. 


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