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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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. 


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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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There could soon be tighter restrictions on the public’s access to information in bids for state business. 


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Governor Rick Snyder is going after Michigan’s mountain of unfunded retiree liabilities.  He created a task force to look into “responsible retirement reform.”

Brian Banks
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A state lawmaker has quit his job and agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.  This creates the first vacancy of this session of the Legislature.


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A controversial appointment to President Trump’s Cabinet is drawing near.  The full Senate is expected vote Tuesday to confirm Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education


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The state Attorney General has derailed Ann Arbor’s attempt to raise the age for legally buying tobacco.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison. 


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The city of Escanaba is taking on big box stores in the Michigan Supreme Court.  The city says the home improvement store Menards is dodging taxes. 


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The so-called “tampon tax” has got to go.  That’s the message of lawmakers in both chambers of the state Legislature. 


Jarrod Agen
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Governor Rick Snyder’s chief of staff has taken a new job at the White House

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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office.  A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder says President Trump has opened a “much-needed” national conversation on immigration with his order that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.


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Efforts to build a state law enforcement memorial has received a boost. 

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Lawmakers are considering a repeal of a law that allows the state to shut down low-performing schools. 


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Attorneys in Michigan and elsewhere are still trying to get information about and access to people detained at ports of entry. 


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Two proposalsaimed at eliminating Michigan's income tax have come before the state Legislature. WEMU's David Fair speaks to state Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) about her thoughts on these proposals.


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